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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 43% of Costs, 2003
Population
Group
Aggregate
Spending
Average
Spending
1%21%$64,085
4%2216,379
5%148,646
40%372,808
50% 6343
Source: EBRI estimates from the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.


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