The Cost-Effectiveness of Population Health Checks

Since their initiation in 2009 the policy of providing NHS Health Checks to 40-74 year olds has proved controversial with a poor level of coverage and overall program performance substantially below initial targets of reduction in cardiovascular disease risk factors.

This work aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness evaluation of the NHS Health Checks in their current form using the impact of the policy on reducing the long term risk factors associated with obesity, one of the primary factors associated with many of the targeted diseases.  

This focussed analysis seeks to answer the question: has the reduced level of obesity caused by NHS Health Checks, been sufficient to justify the cost of the entire policy to the NHS? The analysis employs a publicly available economic evaluation toolkit to estimate how an observed reduction in the mean BMI in the target population impacts long term population health and costs to the NHS.

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