Direct Spending on Healthcare
A single person in better health with a $50,000 income and individual market or exchange coverage spends $10,800 per year (22% of their income) on health. This includes $2,600 (5% of their income) in out-of-pocket health spending, $5,400 (11% of their income) in health insurance premiums, and approximately $2,800 (6% 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. When combined, this person’s spending on health care and the money spent by their employer on their behalf totals $11,550.
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