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Of the total health care spending in Medicare households, 62.9% is spent on health insurance premiums, 18.1% is spent on prescription drugs, 15.3% is spent on medical services, and 3.8% is spent on medical supplies.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Health Care on a Budget: An analysis of spending by Medicare households. Menlo Park, CA: Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation; February 2009. https://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/7859.pdf

Reference

Title
Health Care on a Budget: An analysis of spending by Medicare households
Publisher
Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation
Publication Date
February 2009
Authors
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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