Monday, August 10, 2020

Bill Gates slams coronavirus tests as he says majority of them are 'completely garbage'

Bill Gates says the majority of coronavirus tests being administered in the United States are 'completely garbage'. 

The philanthropist and former Microsoft founder said most of the diagnostic testing in the US was a waste of time because the tests take too long to provide results. 

In a lengthy interview with Wired, Gates said it was 'just stupidity' that Americans weren't getting their results back quickly enough. 

'The majority of all US tests are completely garbage, wasted,' Gates said. 

His frustration appeared to stem from the delays in getting results rather than the quality or number of tests. 

Current delays in testing mean some people are waiting weeks to learn if they have tested positive or negative for COVID-19. 

Gates suggested that the companies creating the tests should be reimbursed based on how long it takes for results to be returned.

'If you don't care how late the date is and you reimburse at the same level, of course they're going to take every customer,' he said of the companies. 'Because they are making ridiculous money, and it's mostly rich people that are getting access to that. 

'You have to have the reimbursement system pay a little bit extra for 24 hours, pay the normal fee for 48 hours, and pay nothing (if it isn't done by then). And they will fix it overnight.' 

He went on to say that it couldn't change because the federal government sets the reimbursement system and, so far, calls to change it had been ignored.

'When we tell them to change it they say, "As far as we can tell, we're just doing a great job, it's amazing!" Here we are, this is August,' he said. 

'We are the only country in the world where we waste the most money on tests. Fix the reimbursement.' 

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