Assembly Committee urges govt to reduce COVID testing cost

Shillong, Oct 9: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment on Friday urged the state government to reduce the cost of COVID-19 testing and treatment.

It may be informed that from October 16, Rs. 3200 will be charged for RTPCR, CBNAAT and TRUNAAT tests, while Rs. 500 will be charged for rapid antigen test.

The Committee today summoned the Director of Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Aman Warr to discuss MHIS card coverage in the state.

Committee Chairperson Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh stated that they were informed that MHIS coverage in the state is still inadequate.

“In East Khasi Hills, the MHIS covers approximately half of the population,” she said, adding that Ri-Bhoi and North Garo Hills district, which is seeing a rise in COVID cases, has 49.46 percent and 47.5 percent respectively.

Committee Member, H.M Shangpliang informed that they received complaints from the public that private hospitals refuse to accept their smart cards.

Shangpliang said that they have urged the MHIS Director to conduct surprise inspections at all hospitals to ensure that MHIS cardholders receive the subsidies they are entitled to.