Determinants of Health and Healthcare Cost of Cement Workers and Community: A Case Study
Author: Athar Abbas Bangash

Health status determines the quality of life of workers and the community. This study analyzes the health protection programme and the environmental impacts of cement plant on working conditions to find the frequency of occupational illnesses and associated health costs at a cement factory in Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa, Pakistan. Furthermore, this study analyzes the active factors that affect workers’ health and measures to reduce the incidence. This study uses the primary data collected from the factory workers and members of neighboring community. The health protection programme, incidence rate and occupational health cost has been estimated through descriptive measures along with statistical tests like chi-square test and student t-test. Logistic regression model results have been provided to stab the effects of active factors that affect workers’ health and possible socioeconomic measures that can reduce incidence. Inhalation of health hazardous gases and cement dust causes severe health disorders in terms of pulmonary, cardiovascular and eye problems and imposing additional health cost on workers. The results also concluded that health protection programme reduces the incidence rate and health expenditures. Supervisor: Dr. Saqlain Raza

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Keywords : Cement Industry, Health Insurance, Healthcare Cost, Logistic Regression Model, Occupational illness
Supervisor: Saqlain Raza

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