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Table 126Out-of-pocket health care expenses for persons with medical expenses by age: United States, selected years 1987–2002
[Data are based on household interviews for a sample of the noninstitutionalized population and a sample of medical providers]
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Amount paid out of pocket for persons with expense 1
Age and year Percent of persons with expense Total $0 $1–124 $125–249 $250–499 $500–999 $1,000+
All agesPercent distribution
198784.5100.010.429.216.617.413.313.1
199883.8100.07.736.515.816.112.211.8
199984.3100.07.435.915.515.612.812.7
200083.5100.06.934.815.016.213.014.1
200185.4100.07.131.714.716.613.816.2
200285.2100.07.829.814.315.714.817.6
Under 6 years
198788.9100.019.238.718.914.75.33.2
199887.6100.017.460.112.46.82.30.9
199987.9100.017.760.512.25.92.61.1
200086.7100.016.761.011.17.52.41.3
200188.8100.018.557.812.97.62.11.1
200288.8100.021.551.714.07.73.91.3
6–17 years
198780.2100.015.537.918.212.48.57.6
199880.6100.016.347.015.011.15.65.1
199981.5100.015.046.615.411.26.05.8
200080.0100.014.746.514.511.26.56.6
200183.2100.015.045.215.011.16.07.7
200283.6100.016.643.214.712.06.86.7
18–44 years
198781.5100.010.132.317.718.211.99.8
199878.0100.06.440.217.917.010.77.7
199978.9100.06.440.217.616.611.18.1
200077.7100.05.839.117.817.111.78.5
200179.3100.06.034.817.518.813.39.7
200278.5100.06.734.217.417.113.910.8
45–64 years
198787.0100.05.720.415.620.718.818.8
199889.2100.02.925.616.220.117.717.5
199988.9100.02.724.016.419.719.018.2
200088.5100.02.622.315.619.918.820.9
200189.9100.02.419.613.920.419.823.8
200290.0100.02.318.812.819.121.325.8
65–74 years
198792.8100.05.315.411.618.522.127.1
199894.3100.02.017.813.320.720.625.6
199995.3100.01.416.111.317.923.729.6
200094.7100.01.514.410.620.220.133.2
200195.6100.01.514.49.918.321.734.2
200296.1100.01.810.19.916.422.539.3
75 years or more
198795.1100.05.612.910.017.121.233.2
199896.3100.03.014.311.617.722.231.3
199995.3100.02.614.510.218.620.233.8
200096.5100.02.614.28.418.222.034.6
200197.0100.01.710.19.214.421.143.6
200296.5100.02.29.07.714.420.446.2
1

1987 dollars were converted to 1998 dollars using the national Consumer Price Index (CPI). Starting in 1998, percent distributions are based on actual dollars (non-adjusted).

NOTES: Out-of-pocket expenses include expenditures for inpatient hospital and physician services, ambulatory physician and nonphysician services, prescribed medicines, home health services, dental services, and various other medical equipment, supplies, and services that were purchased or rented during the year. Out-of-pocket expenses for over-the-counter medications, alternative care services, phone contacts with health providers, and premiums for health insurance policies are not included in these estimates. 1987 estimates are based on the National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) while estimates for other years are based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Because expenditures in NMES were based primarily on charges while those for MEPS were based on payments, data for the NMES were adjusted to be more comparable to MEPS using estimated charge to payment ratios for 1987. Overall this resulted in an approximate 11-percent reduction from the unadjusted 1987 NMES expenditure estimates. For a detailed explanation of this adjustment, see Zuvekas S and Cohen S. A guide to comparing health care estimates in the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey. Inquiry. vol 39. Spring 2002.

SOURCES: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Cost and Financing Studies. 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey and 1998–2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys.

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2005
Health, United States, 2005: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
National Center for Health Statistics (US) .
Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2005 Nov.

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