Year: 1993 Source: Health Affairs, v.4, (Winter 1993), p.171-185 SIEC No: 19980765

The cost of firearm injuries in the USA in 1990 was an estimated $20.4 billion including $1.4 billion for direct expenditures, $1.6 billion in lost productivity & $17.4 billion in lost productivity from premature death. While these are the best available national estimates, it is likely they underestimate the economic impact of these injuries because they are based on relatively old data & on many assumptions necessitated by data gaps. The need for better data & improved estimates are discussed.