More than $16 billion was spent in hospital care for treating firearm injuries between 2000 and 2008, a new study presented at the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting in Boston reveals.
According to the research, 275,939 victims of gunfire in the U.S. resulted in 1.7 million days of hospital service - an average of 6.7 days per incident. The average cost of medical treatment for each hospitalization was $59,620. Additionally, roughly one in three patients was uninsured.
Authors also note that the study reveals that risk did not decrease between 2000 and 2008, while similar estimates of high-risk individuals likely to be hospitalized with firearm injuries included adolescents, young adults, males, African-Americans and the uninsured. Data was taken from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.
Close to 39 percent of hospitalizations in the study occurred among 20-30 year olds, while males accounted for 89 percent of hospital visits.
APHA's 141st Annual Meeting is themed "Think Global Act Local" and will focus on the creative and successful public health efforts from across the globe and discuss how public health workers can adapt these efforts to the communities they serve at home.
Session 3236.0: Violence and Firearms (Social and Behavioral Health Epidemiology)
Featured presentation: Longitudinal trends in firearm related hospitalizations in the United States: Profile and outcomes during the years 2000 to 2008
Date: Monday, November 4, 2013: 12:30 p.m. EST
Researchers: Min Kyeong Lee, DMD
Veerajalandhar Allareddy, MD, MBA, FAAP
Sankeerth Rampa, BE, MBA
Romesh Nalliah, BDS
Veerasathpurush Allareddy, BDS, PhD, MBA
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