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For high-income Medicare enrollees, insurance pays

Insurance helped reduce high-income Medicare enrollees' out-of-pocket spending on health care services.
Insurance helped reduce high-income Medicare enrollees' out-of-pocket spending on health care services.

Medicare enrollees in the highest income category spend a little more out-of-pocket on health insurance premiums of all kinds, and that helps hold down their average out-of-pocket spending on health care.

Analysts at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation have reported that finding in a look at Medicare enrollees' out-of-pocket spending based on Medicare program survey data. The analysts found that the 38 million people in Medicare in 2010 averaged $4,734 per year in out-of-pocket spending, or 44 percent more than what Medicare enrollees were averaging in 2000.

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