5 Facts You Should Know About Health Care Costs

  1. 5% of the US population accounts for 49.5% of all health care expenditures.
  2. The top 5 percent of health care users spend, on average, more than 17 times as much per person as those in the bottom 50 percent of users.
  3. The 15 most expensive health conditions account for 44 percent of total health care expenses.
  4. Annual costs for the elderly (age 65 and older) are approximately four to five times those of people in their early teens.
  5. The elderly (age 65 and over) made up around 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2002, but they consumed 36 percent of total U.S. personal health care expenses.
    50% of the US population accounts for just 2.7% of all health care expenditures

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Ira S Wolfe