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Gun injuries cost US nearly $3bn a year in hospital charges

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4641 (Published 06 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4641
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Firearm injuries cost the United States $2.8bn (£2.1bn; €2.4bn) a year in hospital charges and $46bn a year in lost work and medical care, a new study has shown.

The report in Health Affairs analyzed a nationally representative sample of patients who presented alive to US hospital emergency departments with firearm related injuries between 2006 and 2014.1

The authors, using data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, identified 151 000 …

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