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Table 4 Components of the average cost of diagnosis by screening

From: The cost-effectiveness of neonatal screening for Cystic Fibrosis: an analysis of alternative scenarios using a decision model

Cost component Mean cost of diagnosis per infant screened (£) Mean cost of diagnosis per infant diagnosed (£) Cost to average Health Authoritya per year (£)
Midwife time explaining test 0.40 1,167 2,380
IRT tests (kits, & overheads) 0.97 2,853 5,820
DNA tests (kits, labour & overheads) 0.42 1,240 2,530
Confirmatory sweat tests 0.01 22 44
Pre-diagnosis care of false negatives 0.04 106 216
Total average cost 1.83 5,387 10,990
  1. a Health Authority with a population of 500,000 and assumed crude birth rate of 12 per 1000 population per year.