Economic impact of a regulation imposing full-face protectors on adult recreational hockey players

Authors: Régnier, Guy; Sicard, Claude; Goulet, Claude
Abstract: In 1988, the Government of Quebec adopted a regulation imposing the use of a full-face protector ( FFP) on the 100,000 adult recreational ice hockey players of the province. After one year of enforcement, the FFP use rate increased from 25% to 88%. Compliancy rates then dropped steadily to reach 76% by 1993. Based on those rates and on epidemiological data on facial injuries, health care costs and efficiency of FFPs in preventing such injuries, it was estimated that the regulation resulted so far in a net saving of $1.9 million in health care costs alone. The savings/cost ratio for the regulation is 1.87:1. If the regulation had imposed a visor instead of a full-face protector, the net savings in health care costs for the same period would have been only $96,277, for a savings/cost ratio of 1.04:1. If no regulation had been adopted at all, it is estimated that voluntary use of FFPs would have resulted in $665,912 of savings while voluntary use of visors would have resulted in a saving of $497,023. It is concluded that a governmental regulation imposing the use of FFPs on adult recreational players was economically justifiable
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 September 1995
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: International journal for consumer Safety, Vol. 2 (4), 191–207 (1995)
Taylor & Francis
Alternative version: 10.1080/09298349508945757
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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