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. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2010profile.pdf