Air Pollution: a Tool to Estimate Healthcare Costs
In 2018, the UKHF, in collaboration with Imperial College School of Public Health and Imperial College Business School, developed a tool for local authorities to estimate the current and future NHS and social care costs of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter. Before this tool, there was no simple way for local authorities to estimate the potential savings to the NHS from taking local action on air pollution. Now, local authorities are able to make a more developed economic case for reducing emissions, and better inform their policies to improve air quality.
Modelling the Impacts of a Sugar Tax
In 2016, the UKHF modelled what impact a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would have on rates of overweight and obesity in the UK over the next 10 years. This research, undertaken for Cancer Research UK, found that a 20% tax could prevent 3.7 million people from becoming obese by 2025, which is equivalent to a 5% shift in obesity prevalence, and save approximately £10 million in direct NHS health and social care costs in the year 2025 alone. This research supported a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages being introduced as part of a comprehensive childhood obesity strategy.
Modelling the Impacts of Different Public Health Policies
In 2017, the UKHF undertook modelling work, funded by the European Commission, to measure the long-term economic impact of different public health policies in 8 EU countries. This project supported EU member states to develop, select, and implement more cost-effective policies to improve chronic disease prevention, and has provided a consensus on the methodology for measuring cost-effectiveness of chronic disease interventions. Linked to this work we created a downloadable tool that enables users to test the impact of changing trends in obesity or smoking.
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