The state clinical establishment regulatory commission on Wednesday reduced the prices of CBNAAT and TRUENAT tests for Covid by Rs 200, the panel’s chairperson said on Wednesday.
The new price of CBNAAT test is Rs 2,200 and that of TRUENAT test Rs 1,000.
The change will take effect immediately, said retired judge Ashim Banerjee, the chairperson of the regulatory commission.
The two tests provide results faster than the RT-PCR test and are conducted on patients requiring admission.
While the result of an RT-PCR test takes about a day, the result of these two tests comes in about an hour, said an official of a private hospital.
Sudipta Mitra, chief executive officer of Peerless Hospital, said the hospital had decided not to conduct the CBNAAT test. The hospital used to do the test earlier.
“We have decided that we will take sample for RT-PCR test and keep the patient in a single-bed cabin till the result arrives. We will not conduct the CNBAAT test,” said Mitra.