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The economic costs of a heart attack

Kevin Jones

Heart attacks result in $A3.8 billion in lost productivity

A new Australian report estimates the total costs of heart attack and chest pain (Acute Coronary Syndrome or ACS) to the Australian economy - "total economic cost of $17.9 billion."  This Access Economics report, released in June 2009, has broad application for public policy but has some relevant information for safety and health management in the workplace. If we take "productivity" as applying to work, a...

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