Hospital costs from gun injuries topped $16B over 9 years

November 4, 2013
Hospital costs from gun injuries topped $16B over 9 years
U.S. study found many victims were young, male, black, uninsured.

(HealthDay)—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 , an average of almost seven days per incident. The average cost of medical treatment for each hospitalization was nearly $60,000.

About one-third of patients with 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 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.

Explore further: Prevalence of household gun ownership linked to child gun shot wounds

More information: You can learn more about preventing gun violence at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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freethinking
1 / 5 (10) Nov 04, 2013
A quick check of some numbers.... according to a recent Huffington Post that 96 percent of all shooting victims and 97 percent of all shooting suspects in the city were black or Latino
http://www.huffin...771.html

Not knowing the full numbers nation wide, lets say that only 80% of all shootings are done by blacks or latino's. Given that these 2 groups make up only 29% of the population. These two races comprising only 29% of the population, if I did my math right, cost the US $14 Billion dollars over 9 years, while 71% of the population cost the US 2 billion.

So what causes these two cultural subgroup to be so violent? Thug culture, no fathers, welfare, following Progressives in lockstep.

Why if Progressives and Jesse Jackson et al really cared about African Americans and Latino's, do they not focus on the root cause of all this violence?
Surly
1 / 5 (5) Nov 05, 2013
First off, crime rates are at 40-year lows.
Second off, why do you assume the root cause is culture and welfare? What about the economic incentives for crime caused by lack of jobs?
freethinking
1 / 5 (9) Nov 05, 2013
When the culture says it is ok to steal, when the culture says it is ok to be disrespectful to others, when the culture says it's ok to have pre-marital sex, when the culture says it's ok to be self centered, when the culture says it's all someone else fault, when the culture promotes violence, when government gives incentives for people to have out of wedlock children, poverty and lack of economic incentives will abound.

If the African American culture is defined by hip hop, Jesse Jackson et al, Progressives politicians, poverty and violence is the result.

Lurker2358
1 / 5 (8) Nov 05, 2013
Freethinking:

It's not a political issue. It's a self-inflicted issue.

I hope you realize Adultery is not unique to progressives.

Much of the African American culture is self-designed to oppose anything perceived as being "too white," be it education, laws, or just common decency.

Treat women with respect? That's too "white".

Do unto others...? That's too "white".

Don't be a fool, stay in school? That's also too "white".

Small wonder that "thou shalt not murder" is also deemed too "White".
freethinking
1 / 5 (9) Nov 05, 2013
luker, yes conservatives commit far too much adultery, however progressive condone it, promote it, expect it.
Infowolf1
3 / 5 (2) Nov 10, 2013
while the writer snivels about loss of money, loss of time in life, etc. etc., nothing is said about the shooter, who is USUALLY the one who would have been in this situation or dead if he or she hadn't shot first. A study ordered by antigun people from a reputable institution I forget the name some big deal university I think, found to the embarassement of the anti gun people, that high gun ownership rates corellate to LOW CRIME RATES. the criminals are afraid they will meet someone who is armed.
Dr_Who
5 / 5 (1) Nov 10, 2013
http://en.wikiped...ide_rate

The USA Violent deaths per 100,000 = 4.2

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