With newer variants emerging constantly, the COVID–19 virus seems to be spreading more quickly than before. While looking out for symptoms and self–isolating can help you recover and prevent further spreading of the virus, getting a COVID test helps you confirm your diagnosis. It is especially useful as an official document, whether for treatment or to receive benefits. This article will help you figure out the cost of taking a COVID test in India.What is the COVID test cost in India?
The cost of getting a COVID test done across various Indian states is as follows:
Delhi: The Delhi Government has reduced the cost of RT–PCR tests in private labs to Rs 800. Plus, the cost of home collection samples has been reduced to Rs 1200 from Rs 2400.
Maharashtra: The Maharashtra Government has also slashed the prices of RT–PCT tests. The new prices are Rs 500 to submit a swab at the collection centre, Rs 600 at quarantine centres, and Rs 800 at the testing centres.
Uttar Pradesh: According to a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, the cost of RT–PCR has been decided at Rs 700 in private hospitals. However, the price of RT–PCR tests at private labs with home sample collection can go up to Rs 900.
Rajasthan: An RT–PCR test in Rajasthan costs Rs 500 to Rs 1000. Seeing the wide range, the prices will soon have to be rectified to a more stable alternative.
Haryana: Costs of RT–PCR in Haryana have been reduced to Rs 1200.
Kerala: The Kerala Government has also reduced RT–PCR prices from Rs 1700 to Rs 500. Additionally, approved labs accredited by the state and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have to conduct the test at the new prices. In contrast, government hospitals are doing so for free.
Andhra Pradesh: Due to the increased availability of testing kits, the government has slashed the prices of RT–PCR tests by 40%–50%. Tests in government labs will be charged at Rs 475, whereas the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) will charge Rs 499.
Karnataka: The government has fixed the price of testing for COVID–19 at Rs 800 at government labs and Rs 1200 at private labs. Further, home collection prices can go up to Rs 1600.
Gujarat: In Gujarat, the cost of RT–PCR was reduced from Rs 1100 to Rs 900 if you opt for home collection and have the sample tested at a private lab. If you directly give your sample at the lab, you will be charged Rs 700.
West Bengal: The West Bengal government has also cut down the price of COVID–19 tests in private centres from Rs 2250 to Rs 1500.
Note: Keep in mind that these prices are for reference and are subject to change as per the directives issued by the respective State Governments.
Now that you know more about the COVID–19 test cost in India, get yourself tested if required. Remember to buy health insurance for yourself and your loved ones to stay prepared for times of illness.Disclaimer: The above information is indicative in nature. For more details on the risk factor, terms and conditions, please refer to the Sales Brochure and Policy Wordings carefully before concluding a sale.