I was sent a copy of the latest brief by the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey today. AHRQ discribes the activity as:

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.

Spending includes all spending (health insurance, out of pocket, etc). The most recent numbers available are from 2008, prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and following are some of the more interesting ones

  • $90,061 – amount spent per person in 2008 by the people in the top 1% of health care consumers
  • 20.2% -Percent of health care dollars used by the top 1%
  • $35,829- amount spent per person in 2008 by the people in the top 5% of health care consumers
  • 50% -Percent of health care dollars used by the top 5%
  • 5%  – Percent of Americans who spent more than $24,000 a year on health care  for two years in a row
  • $232  – Amount spent annually by 50% of Americans on health care
  • 13.2% – Percent of people over 65 in general population
  • 43%  – Percent of those over 65 who spent over $24,000 in 2008 on health care.
  • 11% – Percent of Americans who reported being in poor (2%) or fair (9%) health in 2008
  • 64%  – Percent of people who spent over $24,000 on health care and still reported feeling in poor or fair health
  • 95% – Percent of people who spent under $300 on health care and reported being in excellent or good health