COVID tests rates reduced to ₹500 for lab walk-ins and ₹700 for home testing.
The Maharashtra government slashed the rates for RT-PCR, rapid antigen, and antibody tests for the sixth time on Monday. According to the new rate card, getting an RT-PCR COVID test in any hospital or a laboratory in Maharashtra will cost ₹500, while home sampling will incur ₹700 now. The price for bulk testing by government agencies has also been reduced to ₹350, from ₹500.
The price of a rapid antigen test has been marked at ₹100 if a person goes to a hospital or lab for testing, and ₹250 for home collection. A rapid antigen test would cost ₹150 if it would be carried out in a kiosk or a place of mass collection.
Better availability of raw materials
The rates have been reportedly cut for the sixth time since June 2020, where the initial cost of testing was ₹4,500. Dr Sudhakar Shinde, CEO of the State Health Assurance Society has said that the state government has been able to cut down the prices due to better availability of raw materials He also said the volume of tests is likely to go up in the next few months.
Meanwhile, the price of the cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test (CBNAAT) has also been revised from ₹3,000 to ₹1,200. CBNAAT can detect COVID-19 in two hours, added reports. The state has also cut down the rates for rapid antigen tests and the COVID-19 antibodies tests using the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) or CLIA methods.
A person going to a lab for an antibody test will have to pay ₹200 and ₹300 for ELISA and CLIA respectively. The home collection will cost ₹350 and ₹500 for ELISA and CLIA, accordingly.