This cost model provides a simple tool for analysts and decision-makers to determine the cost per test for a testing platform from a provider’s perspective. For many developing countries, the decision to introduce or scale-up certain laboratory tests is influenced by the associated costs and effectiveness. For example, introducing point-of-care (POC) testing, or low- volume testing technologies, into healthcare programmes may improve access, linkage to care and treatment. This tool can assist policy makers in answering questions related to the cost per test for different test technologies, for example CD4, viral load, Gene-Xpert etc., and ultimately improve programme efficiency.
The Healthcare Cost and Outcomes Model (HCOM) provides a simple tool for analysts and decision-makers to determine the cost-effectiveness of a healthcare intervention in which resources are consumed to produce certain healthcare outcomes.