Since the start of the health crisis, the federal government in Belgium has already spent almost €1 billion on coronavirus tests, according to reports from La Libre Belgique.
In 2021 alone, €737 million of the total cost of the measures against the coronavirus pandemic (€1.512 billion) was spent on PCR tests and covering the costs of the national COVID testing platform, according to National Institute for Sickness and Disability Insurance (Riziv) estimates from mid-September, disclosed by State Secretary for Budget Eva De Bleeker.
The test is reimbursed either in full or in part by the Riziv, depending on the type of test and the conditions to be respected.
In the previous year, €230 million was spent on coronavirus tests, bringing the total sum of money spent on the testing strategy to €967 million. Another €11 million was spent on taking samples from travellers and visitors to events, and just over €4 million went towards detecting virus variants.