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I Can’t Believe I’m Still Searching For A RAT


If you've tried to get any kind of Covid-19 test in the past few weeks, you have probably come up against long queues and delayed wait times for results from PCR testing, and in the cast of Rapid Antigen Tests, high prices if you can even find one.

But why has getting a test for coronavirus become so difficult two years into the pandemic? Did the Federal Government not buy enough tests? Are the testing labs not working fast enough? Are shops holding back on available supplies of RATs so they can price gouge?

The Quicky speaks to a GP and an expert in Australian health care to find out why the testing system has ground to a halt across the country, and when we can expect the situation to improve so we can finally start 'living with Covid'.


Host: Claire Murphy

With thanks to: 

Emeritus Professor Stephen Duckett - Health and Aged Care Program Director at Grattan Institute

Dr Brad McKay - Science communicator, TV host, author and podcaster who works as a GP in Sydney. He is also the author of Fake Medicine: Exposing the wellness crazes, cons and quacks costing us our health

Producer: Claire Murphy

Executive Producer: Siobhán Moran-McFarlane

Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri

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