Health Care on a Budget: An Analysis of Spending by Medicare Households
This report by Kaiser Family Foundation researchers shows that Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket health care costs comprise a significant share of their household expenses.
In 2006, out-of-pocket health care spending accounted for 14.1 percent of all expenditures for Medicare households — less than housing but about the same as transportation and food. And, one in four Medicare households devotes more than one quarter of total household expenditures to health care. This group includes a disproportionate share of Medicare households that are low- and middle-income, have older members and are living in rural areas.
The report is based on analysis of data from the 2006 Consumer Expenditure Survey. An updated analysis can be found here.
also of interest
- Financial and Administrative Alignment Demonstrations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Compared: States with Memoranda of Understanding Approved by CMS
- Dual Eligible Demonstrations: The Beneficiary Perspective
- A Primer on Medicare: Key Facts About the Medicare Program and the People it Covers
- Medicare at a Glance