Guwahati: The Health and Family Welfare Department has come up with new revised rates for testing (RT-PCR) by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) & Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved private sector laboratories in the State of Assam.
As per a notification, the maximum rates chargeable for the RT-PCR test (samples collected at the labs, hospitals) is Rs 500, whereas, RT-PCR test (samples collected from home) is Rs 700 from now onwards in the state of Assam.
The maximum rate chargeable for Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) will be Rs 250 from now onwards.
“All hospitals/institutes/laboratories are being instructed to display the revised tariffs prominently and strictly comply with the order. Non-compliance of the order shall attract action as per the provisions of law,” the notification reads.
The district administrations and health department officials are also been directed to keep a close watch and enforce the rates strictly with immediate effect.
Speaking to TIME8, Director of Medical Education, Anup Kumar Barman said, “Based on a previous order in the month of December 2020, the rates for testing RT-PCR samples were fixed at Rs 1000, rates for RT-PCR (Home Collection) was Rs 1200 and Rs 500 for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) until April 3. The new revised rates were announced by the Health Department and all the private sector laboratories are now being directed to strictly adhere to the new rates.”
Also, the maximum rate chargeable for the RT-PCR test at the airports in Assam is fixed at Rs 500 for all approved laboratories from now onwards.
In another notification, the health and family welfare department reiterating the necessity of thorough contact tracing of all individuals found to be COVID-19 positive, it has to be ensured that at least 20 to 25 contacts should be identified who had exposes to the infected individual.
“Apart from Rapid test, RT-PCR test should also be carried out for the identified contact in case the rapid test is negative,” the notification stated.