The spending of $81m in the funding of NSPs in New South Wales from year 2000-2009 has resulted in a saving of $513m in healthcare costs, with more than 72,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years gained with a net financial saving of $432m. A summary of the return on investment of NSP funding in the New South Wales is shown in Table 19. The mathematical and economic modelling estimated that if NSPs are continued at the same level of funding in New South Wales for the next ten years, $1.55bn of net financial savings will accrue ($1.35bn discounted at 3%) and for twenty years $3.87bn ($2.83bn discounted at 3%). The lifetime net present value of investment in NSPs that took account of all healthcare costs and savings (but not costs associated with productivity losses) would be $21.23bn ($7.53bn discounted at 3%).

Table 19: Return on Investment of NSP funding in New South Wales (2000-2009)

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Healthcare costs saved $m
(IQR)
27
(24-30)
23
(21-28)
28
(24-33)
34
(28-42)
41
(33-53)
48
(40-64)
58
(46-76)
71
(55-90)
84
(65-104)
98
(74-117)
Funding for NSPs $m (median)
6
6
7
7
8
8
10
10
10
10
Net cost savings $m (median)
21
17
21
26
32
40
49
61
75
89
DALY gain (median)
3,715
4,205
4,683
5,377
6,172
7,369
8,849
10,559
12,582
14,857

Please note that any inconsistencies between the figures presented in the above text and table are due to rounding. Additionally, the results for each jurisdiction are provided to assist in assessment of local return on investment. The small numbers in some jurisdictions may distort parameter uncertainties and should not be used to compare one jurisdiction with another.


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