However, the center added that the government has allowed certain exceptions to this policy. Under the new decree, PCR tests will be offered free of charge to patients who are suspected of having contracted the virus, unvaccinated parents who are staying at the hospital with a child requiring surgery, patients under the age of 18 and those who have not been inoculated for reasons beyond their control. The ombudsman for fundamental rights welcomed the decree.
Government orders free PCR tests before medical procedures
Patients requiring non-urgent operations who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recovered from the virus within the previous four months do not need to present a PCR test ahead of the procedure.