Survey: Top 1% of patients account for 22% of costs

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In 2012, United States healthcare expenditures totaled $1.35 trillion, though medical care expenses are predominantly concentrated among a relatively small portion of individuals, according to a recent report by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

In 2012, the top 1 percent of the population ranked by their healthcare expenses accounted for 22.7 percent of total healthcare expenditures, with an annual mean expenditure of $97,956, according to the MEPS report.

The concentration of healthcare expenses among the top 1 percent of the population ranked by their healthcare expenses increased by 0.9 percent from 2009 to 2012, while the top 5 percent of the population accounted for 50 percent of total expenditures in both 2009 and 2012.

The estimates in the 2014 report were drawn from analyses conducted by MEPS from the Household Component of the Full Year Consolidated Data.

Further findings from the report are listed below.

General findings

Age-specific findings

Insurance status-specific findings

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