Report: Public Bears Financial Costs of Gun Violence


The public pays a substantial portion of the hospital costs for gun injuries, according to a new report from the non-profit Urban Institute.

Researchers analyzed 2010 healthcare data from six states­—Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin—and found that public health insurance covered an estimated 52 percent of the roughly $670 million spent nationally on health care for victims of firearms.

“These findings also support previous research suggesting that the consequences of gun violence are disproportionately concentrated among male youth, specifically young black males,” the report notes.

Black males age 15 to 34 are as much as 7.2 times more likely than the next-highest category, Hispanic males, to seek hospital care for a firearm injury.

The report adds that uninsured victims have significantly higher mortality rates for gun injuries.

Read the full report HERE.

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