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Maharashtra slashes COVID-19 RT-PCR test price to half

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Maharashtra's health minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday announced slashing prices of COVID-19 RT PCR prices to half.

Maharashtra slashes COVID-19 RT-PCR test price to half
Maharashtra's health minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday announced slashing prices of COVID-19 RT PCR prices to half.
As per the announcement made by Tope, the state government has set a maximum price of Rs 2,200 for standard collection of swab and the report, and Rs 2,800 for home collection of swab required for RT-PCR Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 tests.
With the announced revision, Maharashtra has the lowest price for RT-PCR COVID-19 test in the country.
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Announcing the revision, Tope said private labs were charging Rs 4,500 to Rs 5,000 for RT-PCR COVID-19 tests which was a matter of concern many people.
He added that many organisations which wanted to conduct RT-PCR COVID-19 tests for their employees were also expressed concerns around the charges for the test.
To address concerns around pricing of RT PCR tests, state government had formed a committee under Dr Sudhakar Shinde and the revised prices are as per the recommendations of the committee. He also advised labs to not indulge in any kind profiteering over COVID-19 tests.
Tope also said Maharashtra was doing maximum number of COVID-19 tests in the country. With increasing demand for RT-PCR kits, prices for the tests had to come down. Lower rates for tests will help people same money and also increase testing in the state of Maharashtra.
According to the health minister, there are 95 approved labs for RT-PCR test, in which 53 are government and 42 are private owned and the state has tried to cover maximum number of districts through these labs. As per official statement, total 6,24,977 laboratory samples have been tested till June 12.
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