National Health Care Expenses

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 457

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 (MEPS), presents estimates of the percentage of persons with a health care expense by type of service and average and median expense per person with an expense by age and insurance status for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2012. Health care expenses, as reported in this brief, represent payments to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers based on utilization information collected. Expense estimates include amounts paid by individuals, private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and other payment sources.

Highlights:

  • In 2012, the proportion of persons with expenses varied widely by type of service, with large proportions having expenses for ambulatory services (74.9 percent) and prescribed medicines (62.4 percent) and much smaller proportions having expenses for home health care and other medical equipment (18.0 percent) and hospital inpatient services (7.2 percent).
  • Overall, the mean and median expenses of persons with any health care expenses in 2012 (84.7 percent of the population) were $5,089 and $1,285, respectively.
  • Mean expenses for persons age 65 and older with an expense ($9,678) were more than twice the amount for persons under age 65 ($4,186).

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Page last reviewed November 2014
Internet Citation: National Health Care Expenses: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 457. November 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps2.html