Maharashtra: RT-PCR costs ₹600, antigen kits at ₹150

The state government slashed the rates for RTPCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests further on Wednesday. Now, getting an RT-PCR test in a hospital or a laboratory will cost Rs 600 and home collection Rs800 in Maharashtra.

The public health department on Wednesday issued a notification announcing the new rates. From the initial cost of Rs4,500, the price of RT-PCR was brought down to Rs1,600 in September, Rs850 in December and now to Rs600 at a laboratory or a hospital. The home collection rate is Rs 800 now, down from Rs 2,000 in September. The rate for bulk testing has been fixed at Rs 500, a reduction from Rs 700.

The revised rates for rapid antigen tests are Rs150 in a lab or a hospital, and Rs 200 if carried out in a kiosk or a place of mass collection. An antibody test in a lab or hospital will cost Rs 250 and Rs 350 for ELISA and CLIA .

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