Monetization


Evaluating Causal Relationships between Built Environment Characteristics, Health Care Utilization Patterns, and Costs in British Columbia – ‘The Monetization Project’

 

The goal of this study is to investigate the relationship between the built environment and annual health care utilization costs in the Vancouver metropolitan region. Specifically, we seek to evaluate the association between the built environment – as measured by neighbourhood walkability, bikeability, and regional accessibility – with annual health care utilization costs in a cohort of individuals aged 35 to 69 participating in the  BC Generations Project (http://www.bcgenerationsproject.ca/).

 

Recognition is growing that health costs are associated with transportation investments and land-use decisions. Because policymakers are held accountable for the monetary impacts of their decisions, it is important to evaluate the fiscal implications of the observed systematic relationship between transportation and land-use decisions, obesity, and physical activity. To date, cost-benefit models used to inform major transportation investment decisions have not accounted for the potential health impacts of these actions. Results from the proposed study will help to incorporate health into these cost-benefit models by examining the pathways illustrated below:

Monetization Diagram

 

Data collection is still underway. Please stay tuned for study results in the coming months.

Data collection is still underway. Please stay tuned for study results in the coming months.

Data collection is still underway. Please stay tuned for study results in the coming months.