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Table 1 Cost of the Mailed Educational Reminder (Intervention)

From: Cost-effectiveness of a mailed educational reminder to increase colorectal cancer screening

Item Costs Provider Patients Time (h) Cost/h Total $ Cost Sensitivity Analysis (± 10%) Sensitivity Analysis (± 25%)
Startup Costs
   Creating the letter content Physician*   0.25 $72.12 $18 $64.80-79.20 $13.50-22.50
   Management Costs (editing & approving the reminder) Chief GI Physician**   0.25 $96.12 $24 $21.60-26.40 $18.00-30.00
Total Startup Costs      $42 $37.80-46.20 $31.50-52.50
Maintenance Costs
   Generating, personalizing & mailing the reminder Overhead (69% of personnel costs Assistant*** 387 0.05 $19.23 $372 $334.80-409.20 $279.00-465.00
   personnel costs   387    $286 $257.40-314.60 $214.50-357.50
   Envelopes ($0.10)   387    $39 $35.10-42.90 $29.25-48.75
   Reminder ($0.10)   387    $39 $35.10-42.90 $29.25-48.75
   Postage ($0.42)   387    $163 $146.70-179.30 $122.25-203.75
   Printer ink ($0.05)   387    $19 $17.10-20.90 $14.25-23.75
   Pens      $2 "tabcaption".80-2.20 "tabcaption".50-2.50
Total Maintenance Costs      $920 $828.00-1012.00 $690.00-1150.00
Total Cost      $962 $865.80-1058.20 $721.50-1202.50
Total Cost/Patient      $2.49 $2.24-2.74 "tabcaption".87-3.11
  1. * Based on physician salary for a primary care physician at the VA: $150,000
  2. ** Based on VA gastroenterology physician salary: $200,000
  3. *** Based on administrative assistant salary at the VA: $40,000