Health Care Expenses

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 466

Trends in National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, a statistical brief from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, presents estimates of the percentage of persons with any health care expense for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population for the years 1996 through 2012.

Highlights:

  • When comparing 1996 with 2012, for the uninsured under age 65, the percentage with any medical care expense decreased from 62.1 percent in 1996 to 55.8 percent in 2012.
  • After adjusting for inflation, among persons under age 65 with any health care expenses, the average annual expense increased for persons with any private insurance, public only insurance, and the uninsured when comparing 1996 with 2012.
  • For the elderly with any health care expenses, the mean annual expense increased from $7,689 in 1996 (adjusted to 2012 dollars) to $9,678 in 2012.
  • After adjusting for inflation, the median annual expense for those with any health care expenses increased for the elderly, as well as among persons under age 65 for both insured (private or public) and uninsured persons, when comparing 1996 to 2012.

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Page last reviewed January 2015
Internet Citation: Health Care Expenses: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 466. January 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps2.html