Gujarat govt caps rate for Covid test in private laboratories at Rs 3,000

Gujarat govt caps rate for Covid test in private laboratories at Rs 3,000

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

Up to date: June 26, 2020 5:36:57 am

Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. (File)

The Gujarat authorities has determined to cap the speed of Covid-19 testing in personal laboratories within the state at Rs 3,000, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel introduced on Thursday. Whereas authorities laboratories take a look at freed from value, personal labs used to cost Rs 4,500 for a Covid-19 take a look at.

In accordance with Patel, who additionally holds the Well being portfolio, personal laboratories have been testing a median of 500 individuals per day. The choice to slash the charges got here after a chief ministerial stage assembly on Wednesday.

Addressing the media, Patel mentioned, “Non-public laboratories and hospitals cost round Rs 4,500 for Covid-19 take a look at…There’s a petition on the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom that’s ongoing on numerous points… Throughout this, the well being division and the state authorities felt that the testing price of Rs 4,500 in personal laboratories must be decreased… It was determined by the well being division that the personal laboratories can cost Rs 2,500 if an individual visits the lab to get examined and if an individual is examined at their residence or at a hospital (by the personal laboratories) the place a lab worker needs to be referred to as for testing, then the laboratory can cost Rs 3,000.”

Including that the choice was taken by the state authorities “core group”, Patel mentioned, “This can be efficient from today (Thursday). If any lab is discovered charging greater than what has now been determined, their approval can be cancelled. If we obtain any criticism of overcharging and the identical is confirmed, the approval for the lab can be revoked with instant impact.”

Subsequently, a round from the workplace of further director in well being division, Dr Prakash Vaghela, was circulated on Thursday, stating that the 2 price slabs are the utmost that may be charged. The round, nevertheless, didn’t specify any punitive actions, in case of non-compliance.

“On a median, 500 individuals get examined every day in personal laboratories,” added Patel.

In accordance with the deputy chief minister, state-run hospitals and medical schools with RT-PCR testing laboratory amenities take a look at on a median of 4,000 to 4,500 samples in a day. Nonetheless, Patel additionally mentioned that the state has a capability of testing as much as 6,000 to six,500 samples per day. Patel additionally assured that there are adequate testing kits obtainable within the state.

After a quick spike in testing samples the place on June 17 the state examined greater than 7,000 samples, the variety of samples examined every day has gone down. The take a look at positivity price has seen a marginal enhance to eight.5 per cent from final week’s 8.2 per cent throughout the state.

On two days — June 22 and 23 — fewer than 5,000 samples had been taken whereas on June 24, 5,700 samples had been taken, a lot decrease than the state’s testing capability. Of the 24 days this month, the variety of samples examined exceeded 6,000 solely on 5 days. Until Thursday, 3,45,170 samples had been taken throughout the state.

Within the final week of Might, ICMR had revoked the value cap of Rs 4,500 and had additional written to state chief secretaries, suggesting a renegotiation of RT-PCR take a look at costs with personal labs, on the bottom that the kits value a lot decrease than the sooner capped value, owing to indigenous manufacturing of the kits.

Nonetheless, proprietor of an Ahmedabad-based lab that makes use of imported kits mentioned the value cap can be relevant for them as effectively.

A number of states, together with Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and New Delhi, had capped their testing costs earlier this month, following which Ahmedabad Medical Affiliation (AMA) had rallied for related value capping in Gujarat.

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