Covid-19: Delhi High Court issues notice to Delhi govt in PIL seeking cap on price of HRCT test/scan:

5th May,2021

Covid-19: Delhi High Court issues notice to Delhi govt in PIL seeking cap on price of HRCT test/scan:

The Delhi High Court on Monday gave notice to the Delhi government while hearing a PIL looking for bearing to the Delhi Government to cover the cost of High-Resolution Computerized Tomography (HRCT) Test, which identifies Covid-19 infection.The division seat of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh passed this request while hearing a PIL documented by Shivleen Pasricha through Advocate Amresh Anand. The applicant advocate said right now, the cost of HRCT test is unregulated in Delhi and it costs between Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,500 which possibly past the paying limit of an everyday person. The cost of HRCT/CT examine/test has effectively been directed by the administrations of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh at an extremely low cost when contrasted with what Delhi emergency clinics are charging.The appeal presented that on a few events, it has been seen that a suspected/likely Covid patient may have tried negative in RT-PCR test however the HRCT test gets it. It further presented that the expense of the Test at present in Delhi is unregulated and high, past the moderateness of an average person.

The petition states,
"The need of great importance is to make prompt strides by the respondents to make HRCT, a fundamental test for Covid-19, accessible to the everyday person, at sensible and reasonable prices.""Hypothetically, if a family unit of 4 (four) is suspected to be tainted by COVID-19, and they are to go through HRCT for deciding the particularity and additionally seriousness as well as finding of the contamination, at that point they need to dish out a lot of cash which might be outside the extent of reasonableness of an average person," the appeal said.The PIL looked for bearings to the Respondents to find proper ways to control/cap the pace of High-Resolution Computerized Tomography ('HRCT') test/filter in the State of National Capital Territory of Delhi, explicitly for patients having Covid-19 side effects, in light of a legitimate concern for equity.