How Much Does Health Spending Eat Away at Retirement Income?


The brief’s key findings are:

  • Even with Medicare coverage and ignoring long term care, retirees face sizable out-of-pocket costs for premiums, copays, and uncovered services.
  • One way to gauge this burden is to look at how much these medical costs eat into their Social Security benefits and other income.
  • After subtracting these costs, the typical retiree has only 75 percent of Social Security and 88 percent of total income left.
  • If health care costs continue to increase faster than incomes, these percentages will drop further.

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