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Gun violence means big hospital costs

from Healthcare Finance News

Firearm assaults cost U.S. hospitals almost $630 million in 2010, according to recent research by the Urban Institute. Embry Howell, author of the report and a senior fellow with the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, said in 2010 there were 36,341 ED visits (11.8 visits per 100,000 people) and 25,024 hospitalizations (8.1 visits per 100,000 people) due to firearm assaults. Additionally, just over half of the hospital costs incurred were for those with public insurance, mainly Medicaid, and another 28 percent of the costs were for the uninsured, according to the report. more

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