Hospital Costs From Gun Injuries Topped $16B Over 9 Years11/04/13
MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Gunshot injuries in the
United States resulted in more than $16 billion in hospital care
costs between 2000 and 2008, according to a new study.
The analysis of national data found that the nearly 276,000
victims of gunfire during that period required 1.7 million days of
hospital care, an average of almost seven days per incident. The
average cost of medical treatment for each hospitalization was
About one-third of patients with gunshot injuries were
uninsured, according to the study, which is scheduled for
presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Public
Health Association, in Boston.
Others who were most likely to be hospitalized with gunshot
injuries included teens, young adults, males and blacks. Nearly 39
percent of the patients in the study were aged 20 to 30, and 89
percent were male.
"The impact is probably much higher than $16 billion since the years of life lost, disability, lack of productivity, societal well-being and emotional turmoil associated with such injuries is far-reaching," study author Min Kyeong Lee said in an association news release.
"This is one of the foremost reasons why health care costs in this country have gotten out of control and underlies the need for better preventive policies," Lee said.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
You can learn more about preventing gun violence at the
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
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