According to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund, American seniors often have difficulty affording their healthcare despite receiving Medicare benefits. Beneficiaries with traditional Medicare end up spending more than $4,000 on average per year on out-of-pocket health costs, according to the report.
A Kaiser Health News report on the study also found that:
- 87 percent of U.S. respondents 65 or older indicated having one chronic condition and 68 percent had two or more.
- 19 percent of U.S. respondents reported costs as an obstacle in getting care last year.
- 55 percent said it was “somewhat or very easy” to get care after hours.
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