The Sindh Health Care Commission has set the maximum rate that the diagnostic laboratories and hospitals can charge for Covid-19 tests, revising the prices downwards.
According to the notification issued by the commission on Friday, the labs or hospitals can charge up to Rs4,500 for Covid-19 RT-PCR test. In case of home collection, they are allowed to charge a maximum of Rs4,800.
Earlier, the hospitals and laboratories were charging Rs6,500 for a PCR test.
Similarly, the rate of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) conducted in labs has also been revised to Rs1,200. Earlier, the labs could charge anywhere between Rs1,500 to Rs3,000 for it.
The development comes two days after the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) approved the sale of home use coronavirus testing kits to the general public. People can now test themselves for the virus at home.
According to a notification issued Wednesday, the kits will be available at medical stores and pharmacies across Pakistan. It costs between Rs400 and Rs600.
“Rapid Antigen Tests are used to identify people that currently have the virus. It is one of the simplest and quickest ways to test for Covid-19,” it stated.
RAT charges at airport reduced
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority has reduced charges for Rapid Antigen Test at the airports from Rs5,000 to Rs3,000, according to a notification sent to the Faisalabad airport.
Passengers traveling to United Arab Emirates (UAE) are required to undergo RAT and get a valid certificate issued within six hours before the departure.