Returns on Investment in Public Health: An epidemiological and economic analysis

The report describes an epidemiological and economic analysis of five public health programs, namely: programs to reduce tobacco consumption, coronary heart disease, HIV/AIDS, measles and Hib-related diseases and road trauma. The report details the financial and economic return on investment of past public health programs associated with these areas.

Page last updated: March 2003

Prepared by Applied Economics
Published by the Department of Health and Ageing
March 2003

For tobacco consumption, coronary heart diseases, immunisation against measles, and road trauma, the study reports on the effects of public health programs since 1970, which is approximately the start of the period of modern public health interventions in these cases. For the HIV/AIDS and Hib public health programs, the evaluation starts in the mid-1980s and early 1990s respectively. Outcomes are forecast to year 2010 except for the immunisation programs where outcomes are forecast to 2003.

For each public health program, the study estimates:
  • the costs of the public health program;
  • the reduction in cases of disease that can be attributed to public health interventions since the programs were started and up to 2010;
  • the benefits of the reductions in disease in terms of increased longevity, improved quality of life, and reduced health care expenditures;
  • the total return to society of investment to public health interventions; and
  • the savings to government
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