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SC directs private labs to make COVID-19 test free of cost
SC directs private labs to make COVID-19 test free of cost

The order stated that Private hospitals and labs must play an important role in containing the scale of the pandemic by extending philanthropic services in the hour of national crisis.

09 April 2020 Current Affairs:The Supreme Court (SC), in an interim order, directed the government to make COVID-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge. Currently, the Private lab charges are capped at Rs.4,500 apiece whereas the test is free at government facilities. The move by the SC comes as the fee charged for testing may not be affordable for most people.

Highlights:
♦ The order stated that Private hospitals and labs must play an important role in containing the scale of the pandemic by extending philanthropic services in the hour of national crisis. 
♦ It said that the tests must be carried out in labs that are certified by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) or agencies approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
♦ There are 118 government labs in India that can afford only 15,000 tests. Hence the SC asked the Central government to tie up private test labs. 
♦ It directed the corporates to reimburse Rs.2,000-2,500 through corporate social responsibility (CSR) to private labs so that their material costs can be recovered.