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Table 3 Total cost of Lean implementation in Saskatchewan (2012–2014)

From: An economic analysis of a system wide Lean approach: cost estimations for the implementation of Lean in the Saskatchewan healthcare system for 2012–2014

   Cost in millions CAD$
Lean activities Numbers of events [1] Low Average High
RPIWs 201 6.44 7.13 7.88
5S 80 0.81 0.89 0.96
Kaizen basic workshops 565 4.80 5.28 5.79
Mistake proofing projects 50 2.12 2.34 2.58
North American tour 17 1.20 1.31 1.43
Kanban 33 0.70 0.78 0.86
Total for Lean events above - 16.07 17.73 19.50
Consulting fees (JBA contract) - 19.56 19.56 19.56
Cost of new hires at KPOs/KOTs - 8.64 9.60 10.56
Total for 2 years   44.27 46.89 49.62
  1. Source: Provincial Kaizen Tracker database for the Lean events [23], and our computations for cost estimates