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Hospital Costs of Firearm Assaults

A new Urban Institute report examines the hospital costs of firearm assaults in the U.S. based on 2010 data. About half of all firearm-related visits to the emergency department are due to an assault. Here are some numbers from the report:

  • “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 assault injuries.”
  • “Total firearm assault injury cost for US hospitals in 2010 was just under $630 million.”
  • Males accounted for 91% of the firearm assault injury costs, with the 15-34 age range responsible for 69% of costs.
  • Just over half of the hospital costs incurred were for those with public insurance, primarily Medicaid, and another 28% of the costs were for the uninsured.
  • Over half of hospital costs involved patients living in zip codes with the lowest income quartile.


Howell EM and Abraham P. The hospital costs of firearm assaults. Urban Institute, Sept. 2013. http://www.urban.org/publications/412894.html

Cuellar AE and others. Hospital visits in the U.S. for firearm-related injuries, 2009. HCUP Statistical Brief [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality] no. 136, June 2012. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb136.pdf

Related resources:

FastStats: Assault or homicide. National Center for Health Statistics, accessed Sept. 19, 2013 at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm

Violence prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed Sept. 19, 2013 at http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/

Reducing violence in our communities. American Hospital Association, Sept. 2013. http://www.ahacommunityconnection.org/content/13reducingviolence.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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