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Assam caps RT-PCR & Rapid Antigen Test rates at Rs1200 and Rs500

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GUWAHATI: In view of a sharp fall in prices of testing equipment which are available in the market, the Assam government capped the rates of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test at Rs.1200 and Rs500 respectively.

The health department informed that people will now have to pay half the rate as earlier which was upto Rs3500-Rs4500 to get their COVID tests done in private hospitals. The hospitals and laboratories charged Rs. 3,500- Rs. 4500 and some even charged Rs. 6,500.

According to the latest order issued by the Assam health department, Samir K Sinha in a statement said that the maximum rates chargeable for testing RT-PCR test samples which are collected at the labs and hospitals including test cost, PPE kit and other related charges, has been notified to be Rs. 1000 but Rs. 200 extra could be charged if the RT-PCR test samples are collected from home.

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All laboratories have to follow the guidelines issued by the ICMR from time to time. All hospitals/ institutes/laboratories are instructed to display the revised tariffs prominently and strictly comply with the orders. Non-compliance shall attract action as per the provisions of the law.

The order further stated that the respective district administrations should strictly monitor and enforce the rates.

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