New York Post — NYC shootings cost taxpayers at least $350 million in hospital bills

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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Americans collectively spent at least $350 million to treat gunshot wounds in New York City hospitals over a 10-year period. Paul Martinka