SC takes note of different COVID-19 testing charge, asks Centre to decide

NEW DELHI, INDIA JUNE 17: A health worker in an enclosed booth collects a swab sample from a man for coronavirus testing at Park Plaza Delhi CBD Shahdara, on June 17, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) The Supreme Court Friday took note of the differences in COVID-19 testing charges in various states and asked the Centre to decide on the issue, and said all states should set up panel of experts to inspect hospitals to ensure proper care the patients.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah, which would pass the order later, observed during the hearing that there should be uniformity in COVID-19 testing charge in all states.

It indicated however that the court will not venture into the fixation of the charges which will be taken care of by the Centre.

It said the court may also consider passing an order for installation of CCTVs in hospitals to ensure monitoring of patient care. PTI MNL SJK ABA SA

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