Maharashtra: The state further reduced the prices of the Covid-19 RTPCR test on Monday. Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary of the health department, issued the order reducing the rates from Rs 2,500 to Rs 2,000.
The reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test rates were initially capped at Rs 4,800. While the Supreme Court had directed the tests to be provided freeof-cost in April, the government said it could not implement the order. The state reduced the fee for home collection RT-PCR tests, where all consumables are borne by the laboratory, to Rs 2,000.
The fee for tests conducted at sample collection kiosks, Covid care collection centres, hospitals, clinics, quarantine centres has been reduced from Rs 2,200 to Rs 1,600. If consumables including the PPE, sample collection and transport are provided by the sample provider, the fee owed has been reduced from Rs 1,900 to Rs 1,200.
Deepak Baid, who heads the association of medical consultants said, “If the stakeholders, that is the testing companies, are taken into confidence it is a welcome step. But if it is done unilaterally, then it is not a right trend.” – Mumbai Mirror