Groceries or COVID-19 tests? Critics say the cost of rapid tests puts them out of reach for some – CBC

For people who are working, ‘$20 might mean nothing to them,’ says Angela Power. ‘It means the world to me’

May 04, 2022

If she’s got it, $20 can buy Angela Power of Placentia some bread, a carton of milk, a dozen eggs — some of the necessities.

If she doesn’t, she has to rely on food banks and the generosity of family and friends.

But she just had to spend $20 on one COVID-19 rapid test because she doesn’t have children who can bring a free kit home from school.

For people who are working, $20 might not be a big deal, said Power.

“$20 might mean nothing to them. It means the world to me,” she said.

Power, who says she has health problems that prevent her from working, gets help from income support.

She said the only reason she could afford to buy a rapid test in the first place was because the Newfoundland and Labrador government gave out a one-time benefit of $200 to individuals receiving income support as part of the cost-of-living plan announced earlier this year.

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