Rates for COVID tests slashed in Karnataka

December 09, 2020 02:02 pm | Updated December 10, 2020 06:54 am IST - Bengaluru

Health Department officials conducting free COVID-19 tests in Bengaluru.

Health Department officials conducting free COVID-19 tests in Bengaluru.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has slashed the rates for COVID-19 tests in Karnataka.

As per an order issued on Wednesday, the revised rates for an RT-PCR test in a private lab if referred by a government hospital stands at ₹500. The cost of an RT-PCR test at a private lab stands at ₹800.

The cost of a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) stands at ₹400, while the cost of a Rapid Antibody Test stands at ₹500. The cost of a Truenat test for COVID-19 is ₹1,250, while the cost of CB-NAAT test is capped at ₹2,400. The order also states that if the laboratories are collecting the samples at home, the additional charge they are allowed to collect for home visits stands at ₹400 per house.

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