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Table 1. Distribution of Health Care Expenses for the U.S. Population, by Percent of Total: Selected Years, 1977-2002

Research in Action, Issue 19

Percent of U.S. population
ranked by expenses
19771980198719962002
Top 1 percent27%29%28%28%22%
Top 5 percent55%55%56%56%49%
Bottom 50 percent3%4%3%3%3%

Sources: Berk ML, Monheit AC. The concentration of health expenditures: an update. Health Aff (Millwood) 1992 Winter; 145-9.
Yu WW, Ezzati-Rice TM. Concentration of health care expenses in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. Statistical Brief #81. May 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Web site: http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st81/stat81.pdf. Accessed April 7, 2006.

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Internet Citation: Table 1. Distribution of Health Care Expenses for the U.S. Population, by Percent of Total: Selected Years, 1977-2002: Research in Action, Issue 19. June 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/costs/expriach/expriatab1.html