Gunderson L. The Financial Costs of Gun Violence. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:483-484. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-6-199909210-00102
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(6):483-484.
More than 1300 persons were hospitalized from gun injuries in 1996, and approximately 25% of these persons died in the hospital.
Hospital costs alone totaled $40 million in 1996; more than three fourths of these costs were paid by taxpayers and by the hospitals, without reimbursement.
Medicaid covered approximately 50% of gunshot victims' medical costs in 1996.
In 1996, the average hospital bill for a victim of gun violence was $29 500.
The total cost (including lost productivity and medical treatment) for a fatally injured gunshot victim is estimated at $374 000.
Taxpayers bear approximately 85% of the medical costs of injuries related to gun violence.
In 1995, medical costs alone for firearm-related injuries were estimated at $4 billion.
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