25 April 2021
On receiving the complaints regarding overcharging by diagnostic centres for chest CT scan generally done to determine the extent of infection in COVID-19 patients, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan informed that the State Government under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (COVID-19 Regulations 2020) has issued orders that no private diagnostic centre is to charge any amount more than Rs. 2000/- for CT-scan/HRCT chest, inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting in the State of Punjab.
All the diagnostic centres in the district should adhere to the same, reiterated Dayalan and added that all private diagnostic centres which conduct CT-Chest scan must share their data with the district Civil Surgeon and they should not declare any COVID positive or negative report on the basis of CT-Chest scan without confirmation from COVID-19 testing lab.
Besides, every diagnostic centre must submit weekly report of CT-scan/HRCT chest to the Civil Surgeon. As per the instructions of State Government, “the diagnostic centres must display scanning rates in visible manner,” said Deputy Commissioner.