Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 57–67 | Cite as

Estimated economic costs of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis among coal workers redeployed from the Fuxin mining group in China

  • Bing Han
  • Hongbo Liu
  • Guojiang Zhai
  • Qun Wang
  • Jie Liang
  • Mengcang Zhang
  • Kai Cui
  • Fuhai Shen
  • Hongbo Yi
  • Jie ChenEmail author
Original Article


Our research estimated the economic costs of possible cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) among redeployed coal workers from the Fuxin Mining Industry Group. The study cohort included 19,116 coal workers between 1965 and 2012. We estimated direct and indirect economic costs due to possible current and future CWP cases among redeployed coal workers. We found as of 2012 that 141 possible CWP cases might have resulted in economic costs of $37.52 million ($33.84 million were direct and $3.68 million indirect). Moreover, 221 possible future CWP cases would result in economic costs of $63.89 million ($57.20 million direct and $6.69 million indirect). Neither the Fuxin Mining Industry Group nor Fuxin could cover the costs of CWP screening and diagnosis, or social security payments for redeployed coal workers. We suggest that China’s national government help Liaoning Province and Fuxin focus on health care and social security.


Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis Resource-exhausted mines Redeployed coal workers Economic costs Public health 



This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71073176); the Program for Liaoning Innovative Research Team in University (No. LT2015028); the General Program of Scientific Research of the Educational Department of Liaoning Province (No. L2015573).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Han
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hongbo Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guojiang Zhai
    • 3
  • Qun Wang
    • 3
  • Jie Liang
    • 4
  • Mengcang Zhang
    • 4
  • Kai Cui
    • 1
  • Fuhai Shen
    • 1
  • Hongbo Yi
    • 3
  • Jie Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public HealthChina Medical UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.Department of Health Statistics, School of Public HealthChina Medical UniversityShenyangChina
  3. 3.Fuxin Mining Area Social Security Administration CenterFuxinChina
  4. 4.Institute for Occupational Disease Prevention and Treatment of Fuxin Mining Industry GroupFuxinChina

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