by Jacob Geanous
New York Post
January 7, 2023
… Americans collectively spent at least $350 million to treat gunshot wounds in New York City hospitals alone over the course of a decade — with Brooklyn and the Bronx accounting for more than 70% of the city’s medical bill.
Federal taxpayers — all of whom chip in for Medicaid and Medicare — were on the hook for between $30 million and $40 million annually to cover the cost of treating gunshot wounds across the five boroughs between 2010 and 2020, according to a new report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
… Putting a price tag on the city’s gun violence may help the problem get attention from communities less directly affected by the problem, Dr. Jeffrey Butts, head of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay, said.
“People should not delude themselves into thinking that if they live in a rural farm community, they do not have to worry about urban gun violence — because they are paying for that,” Butts said.
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