Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

Modelling the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™

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The INSPIRED Approaches to COPD: Improving Care and Creating Value Collaborative (INSPIRED) is a CFHI partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Canada ltd. focused on educating patients and family members as part of a COPD action plan and self-management support program. As well, the collaboration provides reliable access to out-of-hospital (or post-discharge) clinical assessment and advice. The purpose of this analysis was to provide an independent evaluation of the potential net benefit and cost-effectiveness of CFHI’s pan-Canadian expansion of INSPIRED-Halifax.

Over the next 30 years, the INSPIRED program could prevent 16-17% of COPD-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and bed-days. This represents a total of:

  • 992,000 ER visits,
  • 639,000 hospitalizations, and
  • 5.8 million bed days.

This reduction in healthcare resource utilization could prevent a total of $15 billion in healthcare costs over the next 30 years. The INSPIRED program could have a total net benefit of $14.3 billion by 2046 (average annual benefit of $478 million).

For each $1 invested in the INSPIRED program, $21 in healthcare costs can be prevented. The average annual net benefit for each eligible COPD participant enrolled is $34,000.