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Numbers and Costs of Occupational Injury and Illness in Low-Wage Occupations

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This white paper quantifies numbers and costs of injuries and illnesses in low-wage occupations, showing that low-wage industries account for more medical and productivity costs than generally assumed. The study finds that a disproportionate amount of these costs are shifted onto workers and their families, private health insurance, and taxpayer-funded programs like Medicaid.

Source: Leigh, J. Paul., Numbers and Costs of Occupational Injury and Illness in Low-Wage Occupations, Center for Poverty Research, and Center for Health Care Policy and Research, University of California Davis (December 2012).

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