While the New York City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) can use agency-wide emergency activation to respond to a hepatitis A
virus–infected food handler, there is a need to identify alternative responses that conserve scarce resources.
To compare the costs incurred by DOHMH of responding to a hepatitis A
case in restaurant food handlers using an agency-wide emergency activation (2015) versus the cost of collaborating with a private network of urgent care clinics (2017).
We partially evaluate the costs incurred by DOHMH of responding to a hepatitis A
case in a restaurant food handler
using agency-wide emergency activation (2015) with the cost of collaborating with a private network of urgent care clinics (2017) estimated for a scenario in which DOHMH incurred the retail cost of services rendered.
Costs incurred by DOHMH for emergency activation were $65 831 ($238 per restaurant employee evaluated) of which DOHMH personnel services accounted for 85% ($55 854). Costs of collaboration would have totaled $50 914 ($253 per restaurant employee evaluated) of which personnel services accounted for 6% ($3146).
Accounting for incident size, collaborating with the clinic network was more expensive than agency-wide emergency activation, though required fewer DOHMH personnel services.