Cumulative Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses After the Age of 70

TitleCumulative Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses After the Age of 70
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBanerjee, S
Series TitleIssue Brief
Date Published04/2018
InstitutionEmployee Benefit Research Institute
CityWashington, DC
KeywordsHealthcare, Medicare, Out-of-pocket payments

This study estimates how much retirees spend on out-of-pocket health care expenses after age 70 until their death. Unlike many other studies, it includes only expenses for health care services actually used (i.e., Medicare and insurance premiums are not included), and it is based on self-reported expenses of actual retirees and not on projections for hypothetical individuals. The numbers are adjusted for medical inflation and reported in 2015 dollars. The self-reported expenses are from panel data from the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) cohort of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

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