Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cost savings associated with 10 years of road safety policies in Catalonia, Spain

Anna García-Altés, Josep M Suelves & Eneko Barbería

Volume 91, Number 1, January 2013, 28-35

Table 3. Cost savings associated with the implementation of road safety policies, Catalonia, Spain, 2001–2010

Cost category Cost savings (€)
Direct health-care costs
Hospital care 49 293 607
Ambulance services 18 735 047
Autopsy services 755 341
Specialized health-care 382 268 620
Direct non-health-care costs
Adapting to disability 91 281 753
Material costs 4 570 800
Administrative costs 2 474 180
Police assistance 3 470 363
Firefighter assistance 79 761
Roadside assistance 1 007 026
Subtotal: direct costs saved 605 868 390
Indirect costs
Productivity lost due to institutionalization 103 073 862
Productivity lost due to permanent sick leave 9 365 985 480
Productivity lost by carers 386 298 362
Productivity lost by carers who took permanent sick leave 3 433 570 277
Productivity lost due to death 4 072 600 000
Subtotal: indirect costs saved 17 361 527 979
Total costs saved 17 967 396 369