Silver Book Fact

Out-of-pocket health care expenditures for older Americans, 2009

In 2009, older Americans had average out-of-pocket health care expenditures of $4,846–an increase of 61% since 1999.  The average for Americans of all ages was $3,126.  Older Americans also spent 12.9% of their total expenditures on health–more than twice that spent by all health care consumers.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2010. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. http://www.aoa.acl.gov/Aging_Statistics/Profile/2010/3.aspx

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2010
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Marital status of older population by gender, 2014
    In 2014, 72 percent of older men and 46 percent of older women were married.  
  • Older population growth between 1950 and 2004
    From 1950 to 2004, the total U.S. resident population grew from 150 million to 294 million–an annual growth rate of 1%. During that same time, the 65 and older population…  
  • Older American population growth since 1900
    Since 1900, the percentage of Americans age 65+ has more than tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 12.9% in 2009) and the number has increased almost thirteen times (from 3.1…  
  • Percent of older Americans who are obese
    Almost 30 percent of older Americans were classified as obese in 2014 (according to height and weight self-reports).  
  • Threat of hunger for older Americans
    There are 9.6 million older adults in the United States who are at risk for hunger.