Economics, Evidence, What is HP

Savings from prevention

“The Health Promotion Forum originally asked us to develop a full cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of measures to prevent smoking and obesity in young adults in New Zealand, as two examples of public health programmes. We lacked the funding or resources to do this.   This report is to pave the way for such a cost-benefit analysis. We argue that health promotion has for too long been stymied by a perception that they lack the data and indeed the funds to do a perfect cost benefit analysis.   This is a scoping study which seeks to illustrate that building a case for health promotion need not be excessively costly, nor does it need to wait for the perfect data. We illustrate the ideas using obesity and smoking as exemplars. We would however caution the use of the results.”  Savings from Prevention