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Table 1 Costs of GP visits and blood tests for lipid and blood pressure-lowering therapy

From: Improving the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular disease prevention in Australia: a modelling study

  Unit price (2008A$) Number of units Sources and assumptions
Government Patient Year 1 Year 2+
Medical costs with lipid treatment*  
Long GP visit $54.19 $9.56 1 MBS cost of Level C consultation [33]
Short GP visit $28.52 $5.03 2 MBS cost Level B consultation [33]
Blood test – lipids $15.13 $2.67 1 2 MBS cost for up to 6 test items (MBS Item 66512) [33]
Medical costs with blood pressure treatment*  
Long GP visit $54.19 $9.56 1 MBS cost of Level C consultation [33]
Short GP visit $28.52 $5.03 2 2 MBS cost Level B consultation [33]
Blood test – urea, electrolytes $15.13 $2.67 3 2 MBS cost for up to 6 test items (MBS Item 66512) [33]
Medical costs with lipid and blood pressure treatment**  
Long GP visit $54.19 $9.56 1 MBS cost of Level C consultation [33]
Short GP visit $28.52 $5.03 2 2 MBS cost Level B consultation [33]
Blood test – lipids, urea, electrolytes $15.13 $2.67 4 2 MBS cost for up to 6 test items (MBS Item 66512) [33]
  1. * Patients eligible according to single risk factor thresholds.
  2. ** Patients eligible according to single risk factor thresholds or eligible according to absolute risk.