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Kaiser Finds Heavy Cost On Medicare Recipients

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New research by the Kaiser Family Foundation find Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket health care costs comprise a significant share of their household expenses and consume a growing share of their incomes over time.

Kaiser’s report, “Health Care on a Budget,”finds that in 2006, out-of-pocket health care spending accounted for 14% of all expenditures for Medicare households-less than housing (34%) but about the same as transportation (15%) and food (13.6%).