India, May 26 -- The state health department on Tuesday capped the rates of diagnostic tests used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, following complaints that various private hospitals and diagnostic labs were overcharging patients.

An order issued by the department said the rates have been slashed by nearly half.

As per the revised rates, a CT/HRCT chest scan, which is used to detect water pouches in lungs of moderate to severely ill Covid-19 patients, will now cost Rs.2,100.Earlier, labs were charging about Rs.4,000-5,000 per scan.

Similarly, IL-6, a blood test to trace the severity of the Covid infection, which used to cost up to Rs.2,600, has been capped at Rs.1,000. D-Dimer, another important lab investigation to check the forma...