Research Papers

An economic analysis of child passenger safety in Saskatchewan

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Category 2013 CMRSC XXIII Montréal
Tags Session 7A
Author/Auteur Ian Pike, Edi Desapriya, Kate Turcotte, Noreen Agrey, Shannon Ell, Kelly Froehlich, Michele Cairns, Kealee Playford

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the cost-effectiveness of the Saskatchewan Child Passenger Safety Program: Do the program interventions lead to healthcare cost savings? Does the program result in a return on investment? Direct costs cover the range of cases from those who die at the scene or at home, die upon arrival at hospital, are dealt with completely in a hospital setting to those which encompass institutional, ambulatory, rehabilitation, home care and other related costs over long periods of recovery or, in extreme cases, during the remaining period of an individuals’ life expectancy. Direct costs include coroner, hospital, ambulance, insurance and additional health care costs. Indirect costs are not included. Programming costs arise from SGI, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, and the Ministry of Health/ABI Partnership Project. Additive costs were based on standard methodology. The Saskatchewan Child Passenger Safety program costs total $231,210 annually. Total direct costs decreased by a range of $4.3M to $8.2M within the pre-program period; and by a range of $4.6M to $8.6M during the program period. A range of cost reductions from $39.2M to $45.1M were calculated for the direct costs for child passenger injury and mortality medical care, comparing the program period to the pre-program period. A return on investment ranging from $12 to $16 of costs avoided for every $1 invested in child passenger safety was found, with the caveat that the Child Passenger Safety program was not the only factor involved in increased child passenger safety in Saskatchewan.

Ian Pike, Edi Desapriya, Kate Turcotte, Noreen Agrey, Shannon Ell, Kelly Froehlich, Michele Cairns, Kealee Playford