These medical costs amount to a little more than 0.16% of all money spent on medical care in the U.S. yearly.
But since it’s about *GUNS!!*, it’s so ‘special’ it must be studied more than how the other 99.84% is spent.
Gun injuries account for more than $622 million nationally in hospitalization costs each year, with more than 57 percent paid by Medicaid or not at all, according to a new study by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
“One reason I looked at the data was to see, what is the burden? Is there a societal burden?” said Corinne Peek-Asa, lead author of the study and professor of environmental and occupational health.
She will present the findings at a summit at Boston University later this year.
“The piece (of data) that was missing was the direct dollars for hospitalizations,” she said. “Everyone is certainly interested right now in thinking about health care dollars and how they’re being used specifically.”
The study, published in the current issue of the journal Injury Epidemiology, looked at the National Inpatient Sample — a database that estimates outcomes related to hospital admissions — to analyze hospitalizations caused by firearm injuries between 2003 and 2013. Researchers looked only at costs associated with the immediate hospitalization after a gun injury and did not consider associated costs after discharge.
The study notes that the $622 million represents less than 1 percent of the overall $377 billion costs for hospital stays annually.