Key Findings Details
The Level and Risk of Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending
Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder
- Health and Retirement Study data from 2004 and earlier overstates the average and the range in out-of-pocket spending on health care when compared to other studies.
- Very large out-of-pocket spending occurs less often than what is reported in the HRS.
- Much of the overestimation is due to how spending on prescription drugs is measured.
- In 2006 the situation will be different due to Medicare Part D.