The Testing Platform Cost Model

By  Dr. Lawrence Long  Dr. Bruce Larson  Professor Sydney Rosen  Sarah Girdwood  |  | 

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.

Developed within this project: Cost and Budget Modelling  


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