Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs Too High for Some

I read this interesting Medicare Rights Center May 18, 2017 blog post by Casey Schwarz and thought I’d share.

The article states that 56 million people (about 17% of the U.S. population) rely on Medicare and receive many benefits from the program. However, Original Medicare excludes coverage for dental, vision, hearing, and long-term services, and contains no ceiling on out-of-pocket costs for covered services. As a result, Original Medicare beneficiaries can be exposed to high costs.1,2

The actual report examines out-of-pocket costs by individual income and health status. It finds that more than one in four people with Medicare (approximately 15 million people) spend 20% or more of their incomes on premiums and medical care.1,2

To read the entire article, click web link below:.

However for the full report, click on web link below:


1. Medicare Rights Center Blog

2.  The Commonwealth Fund web page:

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