Direct Spending on Healthcare
The typical non-elderly family of four with at least one member in worse health and individual market or exchange coverage spends $29,500 per year (30% of their $99,500 income) on health. This includes $13,000 (13% of their income) in out-of-pocket health spending, $12,350 (12% of their income) in health insurance premiums, and approximately $4,150 (4% 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 $1,450 in Medicare payroll taxes, not shown in the chart above. When combined, this family’s spending on health care and the money spent by their employer on their behalf totals $30,950.
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