GP practice defends fees at drive-in COVID-19 clinic

The NSW state health minister is not happy, but Double Bay Doctors say their appointments are 'more than a swab in the nose'

A state health minister has accused private medical clinics of charging patients for COVID-19 tests, describing it as a “disturbing” act that will hamper efforts to contain the virus.

“No individual in NSW, in Australia, should be paying a fee to have a COVID test … it is a vital part of our weaponry to defeat the virus,” NSW health minister Brad Hazzard told the media last week.