The current situation in the state is seeing close to 10,000 people tested positive daily. With this said, the RT-PCR test centers know a wave of people lining up as early as 6 am to get themselves checked and obtain a result. This rush of people and the current need for testing seen as an opportunity for private testing labs. They have been exploiting people’s situation by charging higher or double the amount of the rate allotted by the government. According to the government capped rates, the RT-PCR testing at the lab location said to be 500/- and the home testing rate capped at 750/-.
However, the current rates are nothing close to the above rates. Many test centers are charging 1000-2000/- for center testing and between 1500-2500/- for home testing. Few hospitals have said to be charging higher rates than the above mentioned. Many people who have an idea about the government-capped rates and the massive difference in the current rates have also taken the time to question the lab authorities.
Still, the labs have no idea and are not stating a valid reason why the government rates are so high. Everybody knows that the current scenario will see a wave of people showing up to get tested. But the private labs cannot charge such rates and violate government rules overnight. On the contrary, they should perform successful testing and ensure everyone gets an accurate result.