Based on data from the National Medical Care Utilization and Expenditure Survey, the 10 percent of the noninstitutionalized
U.S. population that incurred the highest medical care charges was responsible for 75 percent of all incurred charges. Health
status was the strongest predictor of high-cost use, followed by economic factors. Persons 65 years of age or over incurred
far higher costs than younger persons and had higher out-of-pocket costs, absolutely and as a percentage of income, although
they were more likely to be insured.
Health Expenditures : Health Status Indicators : Health Surveys : Adult : Age Factors : Aged : Data Collection : Demography
: Human : Middle Age : Models, Theoretical : Personal Health Services/utilization : Regression Analysis : Sex Factors : Socioeconomic
Factors : United States