Could school nursing services cut down on cost of care?

September 1, 2014

A recent study in Massachusetts schools looks at whether or not school nursing services can save money.

School nursing services save money. Investigators estimated the costs and benefits of a school program delivered by full-time registered nurses to 933 Massachusetts schools with more than 477,000 students compared with having no school nursing service. The analysis showed that during the 2009-2010 school year, the services generated an estimated net benefit of $98.2 million through savings in medical procedure costs and in loss-of-productivity costs for teachers and parents (Wang LY, et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168[7]:642-648).

MS FREEDMAN is a freelance medical editor and writer in New Jersey. She has nothing to disclose in regard to affiliations with or financial interests in any organizations that may have an interest in any part of this article.