5 New Facts About Retirees’ Real Health Care Bills

Even Medicare enrollees with gap-filler coverage still face gaps

Analysts who want to protect low-income Medicare enrollees against increased out-of-pocket costs have published interesting new data on the high-income enrollees’ out-of-pocket spending.

Cathy Schoen and two other colleagues affiliated with the Commonwealth Fund put the spending estimates, which are based on government survey data, in a review of Medicare enrollees’ cost burden, broken down by income and health status.

(Related: Elderly Spend Nearly 20% of Income on Health Care: EBRI)

Younger people and health care policymakers tend to talk as if Medicare is a magic wand that makes patients’ health care costs disappear.

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