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Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention

For every $1 spent on water fluoridation, $38 is saved in dental restorative treatment costs.

Implementing proven clinical smoking cessation interventions would cost an estimated $2,587 for each year of life saved, the most cost-effective of all clinical preventative services.

For each $1 spent on the Safer Choice Program (a school-based HIV, other STD, and pregnancy prevention program), about $2.65 is saved on medical and social costs.

Every $1 spent on preconception care programs for women with diabetes, can reduce health costs by up to $5.19 by preventing costly complications in both mothers and babies.

Implementing the Arthritis Self-Help Course among 10,000 individuals with arthritis will yield a net savings of more than $2.5 million while simultaneously reducing pain by 18 percent among participants.

A mammogram every 2 years for women aged 5069 costs only about $9,000 per year of life saved. This cost compares favorably with other widely used clinical preventive services.