If a new school-based intervention program is developed to decrease the probability of childhood obesity by a certain percentage, "you can use the numbers in the study1 to figure out what kind of savings that applies to the health care system."2
- Dr. John Cawley
Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Department of Economics, at Cornell University
1Lifetime Direct Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity, Finkelstein, EA, et.al. Published online April 7, 2014 (doi: 10.1542/peds. 2014-0063). 2April 7, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/07/childhood-obesity-costs/7298461/
No longer an IF... MATCH is THAT Program
MATCH’s track record of sustained categorical weight change 4-5 years post intervention versus control groups allow projections of SAVINGS, both in Medical Cost and Worker Productivity.
See How MATCH Works to Save Money: Zoom animated slide of NC Example: 114K kids =>
MATCH vs Control
Independent RTI Report
If MATCH were implemented statewide with similar results, NC Medicaid could save up to $330 million over a 5-year period on just CHARGES occurred by 7th Graders.
Facts and calculations sheet prepared by Lee R Mobley, PhD, RTI International, February 2010
Medicaid Savings Calculator
Compounded Health Savings
By sustained categorical change to a healthier weight status, savings continue to accumulate exponentially over time….similar to compounding interest. An annual investment in each cohort will continue to produce a return on investment over the entire course of students’ lifetimes.