On Monday, the Arvind Kejriwal government ordered all private laboratories to reduce the price of RT-PCR tests in the national capital to Rs 800 from the original Rs 2,400. Private laboratories have been asked by the government to charge Rs 800 for testing the samples for the RT-PCR test, collected by government teams and collected from collection sites by private-sector labs as requisitioned by hospitals and districts, according to an order issued by the health department.
The testing of samples collected through home visits, however, will cost Rs 1,200.
All the hospitals and labs have been asked to display the revised rates at a prominent place within the next 24 hours.
The owners of the private laboratories have also been asked by the government to share the reports with the client after processing the samples and to update all the reports, within 24 hours of the collection of samples, on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal.
Earlier, Satyendar Jain, Health Minister of Delhi, had said that the labs were finding it difficult to release the results of all tests within a day.
Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal had said that he had issued directives to reduce the price of the RT-PCR test in the national capital. He said that it will help those going to private labs for COVID-19 tests.
Kejriwal tweeted that he has directed that the rates of RT PCR tests be reduced in Delhi. This will prove to be helpful to those who decide to get themselves tested in private labs.
In reply to the chief minister’s tweet, Jain said that the orders for this will be issued immediately.