Certain Americans pay more than 10 percent of their family income to pay for medical expenses

Research Activities, August 2011, No. 372

Roughly 1 of every 6 Americans aged 18 to 64 reported using more than 10 percent of their total family income to pay for health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses in 2007, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. According to the data from the Federal agency, this included:

  • People who pay for their own health coverage (47 percent) and those who have employer-sponsored insurance (16 percent) or public insurance, such as Medicaid (also 16 percent).
  • The poor (30 percent) and middle-income (19 percent) and high-income (7 percent) persons.
  • Unemployed adults (29 percent) and 13 percent of working adults.
  • Rural residents (21 percent) and 15 percent of people living in metropolitan areas.
  • Adults with disabilities who have complex or basic activity limitations (35 percent and 32 percent) and 15 percent of those with no activity limitations.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information in the 2010 , which examines the disparities in Americans' access to and quality of health care, with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, income, and education.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at Bob.Isquith@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of August 2011
Internet Citation: Certain Americans pay more than 10 percent of their family income to pay for medical expenses: Research Activities, August 2011, No. 372. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/aug11/0811RA23.html