Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has sought the centre’s response on the plea to reduce test prices.
Advocate Ajay Agarwal had filed the plea in Supreme Court stating that the actual price of RT-PCR tests is 200 Rs where as exorbitant rates are charged, RT-PCR test was fixed between Rs 900 to Rs 2,800 by various state governments, Union Territories and NCT of Delhi.
“It is submitted that if such inflated billing by the private hospitals can become a cause of concern for the insurance industry, what will be the plight of a common man who neither has a fat wallet nor an insurance cover to reimburse, in case, he requires hospitalization in a private hospital. It is a matter of grave concern that a large section of people in India still do not possess any insurance cover and are also not benefitted under any government health scheme.” Said petition.
After which the response of Central Government on plea to fix cost of RT-PCR at Rs 400 maximum across country has been sought