The Cost of Gun Injuries: How Our Healthcare System is Suffering

After a string of recent mass shootings across the nation, gun violence may be at the forefront of many of our minds. Not only do firearm-related crimes cause injury, mental trauma, death and overall devastation – but the cost of gun violence can also result in a substantial burden on our healthcare system.

According to the most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 100,000 are shot annually, whether by assault, accident, or suicide and an estimated 93 Americans die from gun-related incidents each day, for a total of 33,000 deaths a year.

Although deaths related to gun violence are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in the US, surprisingly, there has been limited research in determining the financial costs of these injuries. Now, a new study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health finds that hospitalizations linked to gun injuries costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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