Making the case for primary prevention.
The economic benefits of risk factor reduction in Manitoba.
Krueger H. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. September 2010. Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. CancerCare Manitoba. Health in Common.
Krueger H. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. October 2013. Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. CancerCare Manitoba. Health in Common.
In 2010, H Krueger & Associates Inc. completed a report for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba and other partners in prevention. We produced an update of our research in 2013.
We found that obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking will cost Manitoba taxpayers $4.7 billion in increased health care expenditures and lost productivity by 2026.
The Cost Savings if Manitoba Reduced Unhealthy Lifestyles
The findings suggested that just a 1% annual reduction in risk factors, starting in 2011 and using a sample investment of $529 million, would result in nearly $1.8 billion saved on direct and indirect costs. In other words, if Manitoba spent $529 million on an initiative to reduce unhealthy lifestyles, the government would see a greater than 3-to-1 return on investment if residents lowered their risk factors by just 1%.
Data that Informs Complex Decisions in Healthcare
Our innovative economic model provided solid economic data on the long-term economic burden associated with these risk factors in Manitoba. This is important evidence for investment in primary prevention activities at the provincial, regional, and local levels.
Media Response to our Research
Winnipeg Health Region
Prescription for Prevention