The Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka (“State Government”), in an Order dated 24th July, 2020, has re-fixed the rates of RT-PCR testing and Rapid Antigen Testing by private laboratories in the State.
The rates fixed are as follows:
1. Rate of RT-PCR testing for the samples sent by Government to private laboratories, including screening test and confirmatory test is set at Rs. 2000/- per test (inclusive of the cost of PPE kit).
2. Ceiling rate for private samples in private laboratories, including screening test and confirmatory test, is set at Rs. 3000/- per test (inclusive of the cost of PPE kit).
3. Rate of Rapid Antigen Test for private samples in private laboratories is set at Rs. 700/- per sample (inclusive of PPE kit).
It has been further stated that testing can be done only in the ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) approved laboratories.
The State Government, in a Circular dated 31st March, 2020, had capped the total cost of COVID-19 testing per patient at Rs. 4500/-. Further, in a Circular dated 17th April, 2020, the State Government had fixed the cost per test (for COVID-19) at Rs. 2250/-