Quarter 1–4 5–8 9–12 13–15 16–20 Total
Number of test+ 373 236 542 470 496 2,117
HIV testing cost+ $3,763.57 $2,381.24 $5,468.78 $4,642.30 $5,004.64 $21,260.53
Personnel cost time# $1,398.75 $177.00 $406.50 $352.50 $372.00 $2,706.75
Implementation program cost $5,162.32 $2,558.24 $5,875.28 $4,994.80 $5,748.64 $24,339.28
Average cost per test $13.84 $10.84 $10.84 $10.62 $11.59 $11.50
*Quarters 1–4 involved the five minute pretesting counseling and written informed consent with patient signature required before the August, 2009. After August, 2009, the
consent process shifted to verbal consent for HIV testing which required about one minute.
+Federal pricing for HIV RT kit for Veteran Health Affairs is $10.09.
#On average, pretesting counseling required about five minutes; based on average nurse salary of $45.05 per hour at this facility, we estimated $3.75 for the five minute
consent process, and $0.75 for one minute verbal consent process.
Table 1: Quarterly cost analysis of HIV testing program.
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