Five percent of the population accounted for fifty percent of healthcare spending in the U.S. in 2009, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The data for the report was obtained from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure
Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) for 2008 and 2009. Key findings from the report:
- 1 percent of the population accounted for 21.8 percent of the total healthcare expenditures, spending an average of $90,061 per person.
- The top five percent spent an average of $35,829 per person.
- Those who spent the most on healthcare were more likely to be in fair or poor health, female, non-Hispanic white, and those with public-only coverage.
- Those who spent the least on healthcare expenditures were more likely to be in excellent health, young adults or children, men, Hispanic, or uninsured.