Are cost of injury studies cost-effective?

This appeared in my email so I am sharing it with blog readers but I do have a comment to add. I cannot help but wonder why we still think that publicizing cost of injury studies, or, indeed doing them, is likely to help prevent injuries in the long run. All injury prevention professionals are well aware of how much could be saved even if we only applied what we already know. It is even likely, almost certain, that most policy makers including those directly involved in health care at each local, state or provincial, and federal level, also know that injuries are extremely costly and that their prevention is a good investment. Yet, every since such studies have been popular, I see little substantial change in the resources policy makers are providing for prevention. So, I have to wonder. Perhaps some readers will see things differently. I especially invite the leading experts listed below to respond to this question.  Or, perhaps even more germane, perhaps someone from the Economic Club of Canada, will share their reactions on this blog and tell us, what specifically, they intend to do in response to what they have learned. 

“Parachute is revealing a new report The Cost of Injury In Canada at the Economic Club of Canada on June 3, 2015. Through the perspectives of leading experts — including Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy for the Conference Board of Canada, Dr. Louis Francescutti, immediate past President, Canadian Medical Association, and Dr. Ian Pike, Director of BC Research and Prevention Unit — this discussion panel will explore the societal burdens and cost pressures of preventable injuries. The panel will be moderated by Louise Logan, Parachute President & CEO. Leading Canadian franchise expert and lawyer, Ned Levitt, joins the panel to inform and inspire all with his daughter Stacey’s story, who died suddenly at age 18.”

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