Publicly financed family planning’s return on investment

Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US Publicly Funded Family Planning Program“, by Jennifer Frost, Adam Sonfield, Mia Zolna, Lawrence Finer (Milbank Quarterly, 2014):

Policy Points: The US publicly supported family planning effort serves millions of women and men each year, and this analysis provides new estimates of its positive impact on a wide range of health outcomes and its net savings to the government. The public investment in family planning programs and providers not only helps women and couples avoid unintended pregnancy and abortion, but also helps many thousands avoid cervical cancer, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, infertility, and preterm and low birth weight births. This investment resulted in net government savings of $13.6 billion in 2010, or $7.09 for every public dollar spent.

A press release for the paper is here. We covered this area extensively in prior posts, for example herehere, and here.


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