What Do We Know About People with High Out-of-Pocket Spending?

An updated chart collection uses recent claims data to examine trends in out-of-pocket health expenditures across diseases.

The analysis finds that 12% of people with large employer coverage had more than $2,000 in out-of-pocket spending in 2018. High out-of-pocket spending becomes more likely as people age and is more likely for women than for men, as well as for people with certain health conditions including cancers, mental health disorders, and diabetes.

The chart collection is part of the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.

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