Silver Book Fact
Average out-of-pocket health care spending tends to increase with age. Medicare beneficiaries age 65-74 spent $2,920 out-of-pocket in 2003, while beneficiaries age 85 and older spent $4,615.
Caplan C, Brangan N. Out-of-Pocket Spending on Health Care by Medicare Beneficiaries Age 65 and Older in 2003. Washington, DC: AARP; 2004. http://www.aarp.org/research/medicare/outofpocket/aresearch-import-912-DD101.html