Maharashtra slashes by half COVID-19 testing fees to ₹ 500

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Maharashtra slashes by half COVID-19 testing fees to ₹ 500

The Maharashtra authorities on Wednesday introduced down the charges of coronavirus RT-PCR exams to ₹ 500 from ₹ 1,000. The costs for fast antigen exams had been additionally introduced down. State Well being Minister Rajesh Tope made the announcement.

After the outbreak of the pandemic final 12 months, the fees for an RT-PCR take a look at within the state had been ₹ four,500, which had been slashed from time-to-time by the state authorities to ease the burden on individuals.

“The brand new charges for RT-PCR take a look at are fastened at ₹ 500, ₹ 600 and ₹ 800. For giving samples on the assortment centre, ₹ 500 might be charged. For a similar take a look at at a Covid Care Centre or a quarantine centre, the fees might be ₹ 600 and to gather the swab from house, the labs can cost ₹ 800,” Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary of public well being division, mentioned.

The price of anti-bodies take a look at might be ₹ 250, ₹ 300 and ₹ 400 for related providers respectively.

“No non-public lab can cost greater than these prescribed charges,” he added.

For one more test- CLIA- for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, the fees might be ₹ 350, ₹ 450 and ₹ 550 respectively, whereas for fast antigen take a look at the quantity might be ₹ 150, ₹ 200 and ₹ 300 respectively, Dr Vyas mentioned.

Tope mentioned, “There’s ample availability of fabric required for these exams. Which is why, the state authorities has determined to deliver down the costs of those exams.”

(With PTI inputs)

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