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Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Chronic Conditions from AHRQ Stats

Posted by on March 2nd, 2017 Posted in: Articles, Chronic Disease, Low Income, Minority Health Concerns


Among adults with health care expenses in 2014, those treated for multiple chronic conditions had average out-of-pocket expenses that were more than three times as high as expenses for adults with one or no chronic condition ($13,031 versus $3,579). This is according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #498: Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Adults with Health Care Expenses for Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014.)

Some Highlights:

  • Among those using medical care, mean per person out-of-pocket expenditures for the U.S. civilian adult population who had multiple chronic conditions were more than double for those adults who had no or one chronic condition.
  • White, non-Hispanic adults with multiple chronic conditions had the highest per person out-of-pocket expenditures in comparison to black non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, and other non-Hispanic adults with two or more chronic conditions.
  • High income adults with multiple chronic conditions had higher out-of-pocket expenditures than those who had lower family income.
  • Among non-elderly adults who received medical care in 2014, those with multiple chronic conditions who were uninsured had higher mean out-of-pocket expenditures per person than those who had only public insurance.

Entire report is linked here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ilim

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Kay Deeney, MLS AHIP is the Education & Outreach Librarian with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region located at UCLA.

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