AHA says violence cost healthcare facilities $2.7B in 2016

August 15, 2017

Healthcare facilities spend almost three billions of dollars due to violence inside and outside of hospitals, according to an article on the Fierce Healthcare website.

The 2.7 billion dollar total includes losses from uncompensated care, added security spending and more,  according to a new report from the Americal Hospital Association (AHA).

Hospitals spent $1.1 billion increasing security in their facilities before a violent incident and about $429 million in medical care, indemnity, staffing and other costs following one. 

About $280 million went toward prevention programs for community violence, and $852 million covered uncompensated care and utilization review costs for victims of violence.

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