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As we all know that the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test is the 'gold standard test' for COVID-19 testing all over the world. In India, the State governments can decide the cost of the COVID-19 tests as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). While the cost in private centres is also optimized, in most government facilities people can get COVID testing done free of cost.
With the new unrelenting SARS-COV-2 strain i.e. B.1.617 and B.1.1.7 even the RT-PCR test reports are showing false results. It is forcing patients to undergo a CT-Scan test to locate the COVID-19 infection in their lungs. And if you test positive, a coronavirus health insurance plan can prove to be easy on the pocket and can help you avail the best COVID-19 treatment in some of the best hospitals in India.
Read on to know the Covid-19 test price in your respective State.
Check out the cost of RT-PCR tests in various states across India-
If you are in Delhi, you will be glad to know that the cost of RT-PCR test in private labs has now been reduced to Rs 800. The cost of home collection samples was further reduced to Rs 1,200 from Rs 2400.
The RT-PCR test cost in Haryana has also been reduced and you can yourself tested for Coronavirus infection within Rs 1200.
3. Uttar Pradesh
As per the notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, the price of RT-PCR tests has now been fixed at Rs 700 in all the private hospitals. Though, the cost of the RT-PCR test in private labs (home collection) can go up to Rs 900.
The average cost of the COVID-19 RT-PCR test in the state ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 1000. There have been some issues regarding the pricing of the test in the State, which will soon be rectified.
On 1 April, the Maharashtra State government further reduced the prices of RT-PCR tests. The new RT-PCR test rates are Rs 500, Rs 600, and Rs 800.
But if you want to submit your sample at a collection Centre then Rs 500 will be charged. Swab collection cost at the testing Centre is kept at Rs 800, and at the Quarantine Centres, it will be Rs 600.
6. Andhra Pradesh
Citing the increased availability of the SARS CoV-2 testing kits, the government reduced the cost of RT-PCR tests by 40%-50%. The sample collected in government labs to be charged at Rs 475 each, and those who approach the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) shall be charged Rs 499 each.
The Kerala government slashes the COVID-19 RT-PCR test prices from Rs 1700 to Rs 500. All the state-accredited and ICMR (The Indian Council of Medical Research) approved labs can conduct the test at only the new prices. While the Government hospitals are conducting Coronavirus tests free of cost.
8. West Bengal
The West Bengal government reduced the price of Covid-19 tests in the private centres from Rs 2,250 to Rs 1,500.
The State government fixed the Covid-19 RT-PCR test cost at Rs 800 if the sample is taken at a government lab. If the testing or sample collection is done at a private lab then you will be charged Rs 1,200. For the home collection of the samples, you might have to pay Rs 1600. The rates are inclusive of the screening and confirmatory tests, as well as the cost of the PPE kits.
The cost of the RT-PCR test was reduced from Rs 1100 to Rs 900 if the sample is collected from home and given to a private lab. If a person gives his swab sample in the laboratory then he/she will be charged Rs 700 instead of Rs 800.
Note: All the test rates are for reference purposes only and can be changed anytime with the discretion of the respective State Governments.
After witnessing a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases and high virus load in the infections (resulting in acute lung failure, pneumonia, and fatalities), several States in India have made a negative RT-PCR test report compulsory for the entrants.
Also, if you are planning to visit your loved ones in Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Meghalaya, and West Bengal, then also a negative RT-PCR test is required.