RE: [Histonet] Cost

From:"Nick Kirk"


We have a fairly robust method of costing where the total cost is broken
down into two component parts, the staff cost and the variable or
consumables cost.
The staff cost is worked out on a pro-rata basis for a mid point on a basic
grade Biomedical Scientist's salary, working out an average time taken to do
the particular procedure and then costed according to that hourly rate.
The variable costs are simply broken down to the actual costs of each
individual item in that process, i.e. the cost of an individual slide, the
cost of the particular number of micro litres of an immuno reagent required
As it's broken down this way it makes it much easier to adjust the costs
charged to the "customer", as the costs of the individual items within that
process change with time.

It's a bit of work initially but it is very easy to manage once set up.
I use an Excel spreadsheet which does all the calculations for me and I can
charge the "customer" accordingly.

Obviously charges will vary enormously depending on where you are in the
world, but the principal of the system should be the same no matter where
you are.

Tot siens
Geniet jou dag

Nick Kirk
Hinchingbrooke Hospital

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Jenny Molde
Sent: 08 October 2003 08:35
Subject: [Histonet] Cost

Hi everyone out there
I would like to know  more or less what one would charge for a
routine H+E and special stain on a sample recieved from explant and
embedded in MMA resin, cut and stained. Also the immunocytochemical
charge please.  All suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Many

Jenny Molde
Cardiovascular  Research Unit
University of Cape Town
South Africa.

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