Gates criticises US Covid testing

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    You’re paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results of any country in the world,” Gates said.

    “No other country has this testing insanity.” He blamed the problems with the American testing regime on early mistakes followed by an unwillingness on the part of the federal government to improve testing “because they just want to say how great everything is.”

    One particular fix Gates said he suggested to the federal government that went unheeded was to deny reimbursement to any test provider that takes more than 3 days to return results to a patient.

    Right now, he pointed out, commercial testing companies have an incentive to test as many people as they can with no regard for how quickly they can turn around results, because they are being reimbursed by the government based on how many tests they complete, even if they results aren’t timely and therefore, not useful for people receiving them.

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