Chart: Health spending by age

Here’s another chart from the JAMA study “The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States“:

personal health spending by age

From it, we can compute average health spending by age, in 2004. I’ve shown that below alongside an estimate of what that spending is today, assuming 2.5% growth per year since 2004, which seems at least roughly right:

health spending by age-level

Medicare really is acting like a high risk pool. (There is some confounding since Medicare coverage itself plays a role in higher spending.)

UPDATE: You’ll fine more health spending statistics by age and other characteristics here. H/t @bdhumbert.


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