Disease, Trauma Spur Health-Care Push For Oil Travelers, Expats

In contrast to safety, managment at upstream oil companies and their contractors finds it difficult to completely quantify the benefits of health-care programs for remote or hostile locations. Safety can be documented. Injuries and fatalities can be easily counted, compared, and categorized. Trends can be tracked and changed, latent hazards eliminated.But the results of a good health care program are difficult to quantify. How many cases of malaria, how many fatal heart attacks did it prevent? Its implementation cannot be measured in terms of additional feet drilled or barrels of oil or cubes of natural gas produced.Its cost can. In fact, when things are going well in the health area...

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