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Chlamydia: Screening

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the average cost of delivering and processing an individual chlamydia screening test. (158477)

“Modelling the Healthcare costs of an opportunistic chlamydia screening” programme research published in 2004 using data from a pilot study undertaken between 1999-2000 in Portsmouth and Wirral within the National Chlamydia Screening programme, estimated the costs per screening offer, testing episode and positive result. This information is given in tables 1 and 2.

A more recent article “The health care and patient costs of an proactive chlamydia screening programme: the Chlamydia Screening Studies (ClaSS)”, published in 2007, identifies costs for register-based screening (rather than opportunistic screening which is used currently within the NCSP) but comes up with very similar average costs to the 2004 article.

Table 1: Estimated average costs of a chlamydia screen—excluding partner management costs

Item

Estimated average cost (£)

Screening offer

14.18

Testing episode

20.57

Positive episode

27

Table 2: Estimated average costs of a chlamydia screen—including partner management costs

Item

Estimated average cost (£)

Screening offer

14.88

Testing episode

21.83

Positive episode

38.36

Copies of the research have been placed in the Library.