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In this study, we estimate the lifetime cost of newly diagnosed lung cancer and mesothelioma associated with occupational and para-occupational asbestos exposure during 2011 based on the societal perspective. The key cost components considered are healthcare, productivity, and quality of life costs. There were 427 cases of newly diagnosed mesothelioma cases and 1904 lung cancer cases attributable to asbestos exposure in 2011 for a total of 2331 cases. Our estimate of the economic burden is $C2.3 billion. This amounts to approximately $C1M per case. Our findings provide important information for policy decision makers for priority setting, particularly the merits of banning asbestos mining and use of products containing asbestos in countries where they are still allowed, as well as the merits of asbestos insulation removal in older buildings. The findings can also serve as inputs to impact analysis of legislation and the economic evaluations of prevention initiatives.
Presenter: Dr. Emile Tompa
Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He holds appointments as an associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University and as an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also co-director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, a seven-year initiative funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant.
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