FAQs About Benefits—Health Spending and Insurance Issues

Are these averages indicative of what a typical family pays for medical care?

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Top 5% of Health Care Users Spend 42% of Costs, 2008
Population
Group
Aggregate
Spending
Average
Spending
1% 19% $71,888
4% 24 22,509
5% 15 11,624
40%37 3,512
50% 5 400
Source: EBRI estimates from the 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.


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