Health Ministry sets Covid-19 test fees at Tk200, Tk500


Dhaka, June 29: The Health Ministry has set the prices for Covid-19 tests at Tk200 and Tk500 when samples are tested at government facilities.

The ministry issued a circular in this regard on Sunday after the fees for Covid-19 tests were approved.

As per the circular, a person who wants to get their sample tested will have to pay Tk200 if the sample is provided at the sample collection booths, and Tk500 if the sample is collected from the person’s home.

Patients admitted at government hospitals would also have to pay Tk200 to get their samples tested.

On June 7, the Health Service Division sent a letter to the Finance Division seeking to set a fee for Covid-19 tests.

The Finance Division then replied in a letter to the secretary of the Health Service Division on June 15 and approved the aforementioned fees.

Based on that reply, the Health Ministry issued the circular on Sunday.

The circular said as the tests were being conducted free of cost, many people who had no symptoms of the disease went to the testing facilities to avail the testing opportunity.

In light of these circumstances, to avoid unnecessary tests and to ensure better management for the testing, the Health Ministry fixed the fees upon approval from the Finance Division, the circular added.

This will come into effect immediately, and the revenue from these tests has to be deposited in the government treasury, the circular read.

The treatment facilities available to government officials would remain as it was before, and the previous government order regarding the treatment of freedom fighters and poor people will remain in place.