Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
May 1, 2012
In this study, researchers conducted a cost benefit analysis of an MLP. Using baseline data and three years of follow up data in logic modelling, they find that there was a 319 percent return on investment.
The abstract reads:
“Introduction. Medical-legal partnerships perform advocacy services for vulnerable and underserved populations, who are burdened disproportionately by legal and medical problems. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness and projected sustainability of a rural medical-legal partnership (MLP).
Methods. Five years of baseline data and three years of follow-up data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics as well as logic modeling.
Results. The benefit relative to cost of the MLP increased between the years of 2002-2006 and 2007-2009. The number of people served increased across the two time periods, and the proportion of cases won remained the same. Overall, the population served remained similar across time. The MLP continued to show social and financial impacts, such as health care recovery dollars (319% return on investment between 2007 and 2009), Social Security benefits, family law services, and end-of-life guidance.
Conclusion. A rural MLP can maintain its impact and efficiency across time and have opportunities for expansion.”
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Article, Journal Article
Geographic coverage, US: RURAL
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Needs & Benefits | Medical-Legal Partnerships
Case type: Health
Practice Area: Health
How Provided: Delivery Systems e.g., MLPs
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