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Health Benefits and Cost Savings of Publicly Funded Family Planning
A Tool to Generate Estimates for Individual Programs and Providers
This tool enables users to estimate the impact of publicly funded family planning services in their state or service area, using data entered by the user about the number of contraceptive clients served, the number of specified tests performed and the state where services were provided. It may generate data on:
- cases of unintended pregnancies prevented and their outcomes and associated cost savings;
- cases of STIs prevented and associated cost savings;
- cases of precancer and cervical cancer prevented and associated cost savings
The formulas underlying this tool are based on analyses described in the report “Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US Publicly Funded Family Planning Program.” These formulas are the property of the Guttmacher Institute and were developed with the highest level of scientific rigor.
These estimates should be viewed as approximations, because of variability among programs in terms of the populations served, the mix of methods provided and the testing protocols used. Moreover, the results generated by this tool are subject to the accuracy and reliability of the data entered by the user.
Note: If no results are returned, the input numbers may be too small to generate reliable estimates of health benefits or cost savings. To estimate the total net savings of family planning services, you must input the number of contraceptive clients served.
Select a state and enter one or more inputs
- *Data are not available because the number is too low.
- Estimates are based on user inputs and formulas from Frost JJ et al., Return on investment: A fuller assessment of the benefits and cost savings of the US publicly funded family planning program, The Milbank Quarterly, 2014, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/1468-0009.12080/, except for formulas related to pregnancies prevented, specifically total pregnancies, unplanned births, abortions and miscarriages following unintended pregnancies, which were updated as of June 2017 with the newest available data from Frost JJ, et al., Publicly Funded Contraceptive Services at U.S. Clinics, 2015, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2017, https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/publicly_funded_contraceptive_services_2015_3.pdf