Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Estimating the cost of new public health legislation

Nick Wilson, Nhung Nghiem, Rachel Foster, Linda Cobiac & Tony Blakely

Volume 90, Number 7, July 2012, 532-539

Table 4. Uncertaintya in the cost of a new law or regulation, New Zealand, 1999–2010

Variable Cost (US$)
New act New regulation
Mean 2 551 000 382 000
Median 2 405 000 360 000
2.5th percentile 1 476 000 221 000
25th percentile 2 002 000 300 000
75th percentile 2 937 000 440 000
97.5th percentile 4 436 000 665 000

US$, United States dollar.

a Percentiles were estimated by probabilistic sensitivity analysis involving 2000 iterations using @Risk for Excel version 5.7 (Palisade Corporation, Ithaca, USA).