SRINAGAR — Amid the steep surge in COVID-19 cases, several private hospitals and diagnostic centres in Jammu and Kashmir are charging hefty amounts for the tests.
People from different areas of Kashmir complain that exorbitant rates are being charged by private hospitals and diagnostics centres for COVID-19 tests — RT-PCR tests at home as well as home collection services — while authorities are not taking cognizance of the issue.
They say that due to the ongoing curfew, people are facing financial problems while private hospitals and diagnostic centres are looting people by charging them as they wish.
They appealed to the administration to initiate strict action against the erring private hospitals.
President of Private Diagnostic Centres Association, Umar Dhar, said that the government must fix rates for tests being conducted at private diagnostic centres and make the rates public.
“We have also received several calls that some hospitals/centres are charging as per their will after which we have offered our 80 centres to the government where we will conduct free tests,” Dhar said.
A top health official said that the government has fixed Rs 1600 for the RT-PCR test and 600 for the RAT test.
Meanwhile, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, assured that a team will be constituted to look into the matter.
“We will verify the matter after which action will be taken,” he said. (KNO)