- Reducing the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension by just 5% would save $124 million in Arizona alone ($9 billion nationally). After five years, the savings would soar to $351 million annually in Arizona ($24.7 billion nationally).1
- Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes account for 36.6 percent of deaths in the United States, but this could be significantly reduced by changing just three risk factors - decreasing smoking, increasing exercise, and improving healthy eating.2
- An investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based disease prevention programs could yield net savings of more than $2.8 billion annually in the US in health care costs in one to two years, and more than $16 billion annually within five years (in 2004 dollars). In Arizona, an investment of $10 per person per year could yield net savings of more than $89 million annually in one to two years and nearly $300 million in five years.3
For more information on chronic disease in Maricopa County, see our Community Health Assessment page.
- The US has saved $300 million per year in direct medical costs since the eradication of small pox in 1977.4
For more information on immunizations in Maricopa County, see our Immunizations page.
- Motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death among U.S. children.5 However, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and by 54% for children ages 1 to 4 years old.6
For more information on injury prevention in Maricopa County, see our Safe Kids Coalition program page.
- Obesity prevalence among children and teens has nearly tripled since 1980. Today, about 17 percent, or 12.5 million, of children and teens ages 2 to 19 are obese.7
- Health costs for sedentary patients cost $1,500 per year than physically active patients.8
For more information on obesity in Maricopa County, see our Nutrition and Physical Activity program page.
- Every dollar spent on prevention saves $4 in dental treatment.9
- For less than $1 per year per person to fluoridate the water, you save $38 per year for the cost of dental treatment.9
For more information on oral health in Maricopa County, see our Oral Health program pages.
- Care coordination and services provided to women before pregnancy (pre-conception and interconception) provides a net savings of $1,720 in healthcare costs. From July 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013, Healthy Start provided pre- and interconception services to 104 women saving $179,000 in future healthcare costs.10
For more information on Healthy Start in Maricopa County, see our South Phoenix Healthy Start program page.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- The cost of treating each contact named to the Department of Public Health-STD Program and brought in for medication averaged $24,463 between 2008 and 2012. If those patients had not been treated by the Department of Public Health-STD Program, the cost of those infections would have averaged $160,509 over the same 5 year period. Thus by performing case interviews, solicitation of contacts, and treatment of the partners named the Department of Public Health-STD Program saved an average of $136,046 for each case of chlamydia and gonorrhea.11
For more information on STDs in Maricopa County, see our STD program page.
- Each insured individual who quits smoking reduces their annual medical and life insurance costs by $210 per year.12
- In 2010, a pack of cigarettes in Arizona cost about $6.38, however the combined medical costs and productivity losses attributed to each pack of cigarettes is about $26.57.13
For more information on Tobacco cessation in Maricopa County, see the Tobacco Free AZ website.
Women, Infants & Children
- For every $1 spent on a woman in WIC, $4.21 is saved in Medicaid14
- If 90% of infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months, the US would save $13 billion per year.15
For more information on WIC in Maricopa County, see our WIC program page.
- Average annual healthcare costs were $285 less for employees who were at least moderately active than for those who were sedentary.16
- Obese employees (BMI > 35) have 4.2% higher health-related productivity loss, equal to $506 per employee per year.21 Medical costs paid for obese individuals $1,429 higher annually than for normal weight. 17
- Job related stress contributes 10–30% of heart disease risk in working people.18
- A 1% reduction in excess weight, elevated blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol has been shown to save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person.19
- Research studies suggest that, for every dollar invested in health promotion, a company saves $3 to $5 in health and safety costs.20
For more information on Worksite Health in Maricopa County, see our Worksite Wellness page.