National Taiwan University Hospital has opened a testing site, allowing people to do PCR tests and receive medications at the same visit.
Taipei's latest facility offering disease prevention emergency outpatient services is located at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine's gym. People who test positive in a rapid test can get a PCR test here to confirm the diagnosis. The facility is capable of performing 400 tests a day. Many people were already waiting outside before 9 a.m. on May 18.
Kao Jia-horng, Vice Superintendent, NTU Hospital: “People with a positive rapid test that come to our disease prevention emergency outpatient service need to first register. When they register, we'll confirm with them whether they will need medications to relieve symptoms. If they do, then a doctor will see them and provide the self-paid medications.”
A new policy took effect on May 18. People aged 65 or over with a positive rapid test will be sent to an outpatient service where a medical-grade rapid test will be administered. The senior citizen will be considered a confirmed case once medical personnel verifies the positive result and be eligible to receive oral antiviral Paxlovid.
Kao Jia-horng, Vice Superintendent, NTU Hospital: “Once the positive result is confirmed and a so-called doctor-patient consensus has been reached, our clinical doctors will report the case to the notifiable infectious disease reporting system. Of course, the medical history and medications the patient is using will be taken into consideration to determine if there are any risks, including that of drug interaction. If everything can be confirmed, we will prescribe medicine on the spot.”
Hou Yu-ih, Mayor, New Taipei City: “Today is the first day where people aged 65 or over will only need a positive rapid test and the diagnosis of a doctor to be classified as a confirmed case and quickly receive medications. This will prevent their conditions from worsening to moderate to severe.”
People aged 65 or above with a positive rapid test result can now go to a medical facility and ask a doctor to determine if they are eligible for medications. This will help to reduce the demand for PCR tests, as well as ensure prompt treatment. New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said this policy should be extended to the entire population.