A leading city trauma doctor noted Wednesday that even though violent deaths far outnumber those from cancer and AIDS, the amount spent on trauma research pales in comparison to those illnesses.
Dr. Ronald Simon, chief of trauma at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, was reacting to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health which found that $6.6 billion was spent on firearm injuries nationally between 2006 and 2014.
The cost includes roughly $730 million a year in initial hospital costs, the study found.
“Trauma is one of the underappreciated diseases,” Simon said. “But the money spent on trauma research is minuscule compared to what is spent on AIDS and cancer.”