Monitoring the Status of Health Inequality in Korea and Policy Development: Worker's Health Inequality

Monitoring the Status of Health Inequality in Korea and Policy Development: Worker's Health Inequality
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Jung, Youn

worker’s health ; health inequality ; vulnerable workers ; social safety net ; monitoring
Publication Year
Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs
Adult workers spend most of their daily lives at work, where the working environment and working conditions have a significant impact on workers' health. However, there is a relative lack of interest in work as a social determinant of health, and monitoring of worker’s health inequality is being conducted scarcely. This study aims to propose an indicator development and monitoring system that could well reveal the health problems of vulnerable workers. In addition, it suggested policy improvement directions to address the problem of worker’s health inequality.
In this study, we developed health inequality monitoring indicators which are divided into 'power relationship-employment market-working environment-health’ areas, and 70 final indicators were selected based on previous research review and expert Delphi survey results. As a result of indicator monitoring, significant differences between groups were identified in most indicators, and in particular, workers with unstable employment status, low-wage, small-scale workplace, or low education level, women or elderly workers showed more disadvantageous levels.
Through qualitative interviews, we also found that the health problems of vulnerable workers overlap with demographic vulnerabilities amid the dual structure of the labor market and unequal employment relations. In particular, in the case of small businesses sites, several factors remained as “blind spots” in various management and regulations, which inevitably lead to workers’ poor health. In our society, there was a widespread perception that these workers’ health problems were the responsibility of individual workers, and vulnerable workers were in a situation where they had to deal with the resolution of accidents or diseases related to work.
To solve the problem of workers' health inequality, strong laws and regulations on occupational safety and health are required, and social safety nets must be strengthened so that workers can fully recover their health and return to work when they are sick.
Table Of Contents
Abstract 1
요 약 3
제1장 서론 9
제1절 연구 배경 및 목적 11
제2절 연구 내용 및 방법 14
제2장 노동자 건강불평등 발생 기전 19
제1절 건강불평등 발생 기전 21
제2절 건강 관련 취약 노동자 유형화 31
제3절 국내 노동자 건강불평등 실증 연구 51
제4절 소결 65
제3장 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 현황 67
제1절 국외 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 체계 69
제2절 국내 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 체계 98
제3절 소결 137
제4장 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 지표 개발 139
제1절 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 지표 체계 141
제2절 노동자 건강불평등지표 선정을 위한 델파이 조사 154
제3절 소결 170
제5장 노동자 건강불평등 모니터링 지표 산출 177
제1절 노동자 건강불평등지표 선정 179
제2절 노동자 건강불평등지표 산출 181
제6장 노동자 건강불평등 심화 요인과 개선 방안 탐색: 질적 연구 259
제1절 노동자 건강불평등에 대한 질적 연구 261
제2절 소결 322
제7장 결론 및 정책적 제언 325
제1절 주요 연구 결과 327
제2절 정책 과제 337
참고문헌 349
부록 373
[부록 1] 전문가 의견 조사표 373
[부록 2] 지표 정의 390
Local ID
Research Monographs 2020-14
KIHASA Research
Subject Classification
Health care > Health promotion
Income protection > Welfare-to-work
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