Firearm Injuries: Health Care Service Needs and Costs

A new report requested by Congress on the cost of firearm injuries was recently released. Involving PISC Executive Committee member Therese S. Richmond, PhD, on the clinical expert panel informing the Government Accounting Office, the report found that according to hospital data from 2016 and 2017, hospital costs for initial gun injury care were just over $1 billion a year. It also reported that costs associated with physicians' fees (not included in that data) could add 20% to that total, each year there were about 30,000 hospital stays and 50,000 emergency room visits, and that Medicaid and other public coverage patients accounted for more than 60% of the costs for this care.

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