A family of four with a $50,000 income and individual market or exchange coverage spends $8,700 per year (17% of their income) on health.

Direct Spending on Healthcare

A family of four with a $50,000 income and individual market or exchange coverage spends $8,700 per year (17% of their income) on health. This includes $4,000 (8% of their income) in out-of-pocket health spending, $3,300 (7% of their income) in health insurance premiums, and approximately $1,400 (3% of their income) in state and federal taxes that fund health programs.

Additional Contributions by Employers

In this scenario, we estimate that the employer is contributing an additional $750 in Medicare payroll taxes, not shown in the chart above.