Health Care Costs in Retirement

March 1, 2023
Health Care Costs

Health care is one of the largest expenses in retirement, with costs continuing to increase. In 2022, estimated costs rose 5% from 2021 ($300,000) and have nearly doubled from $160,000 in 2002. The problem is, Americans’ perceptions of cost don’t align with reality. Those surveyed by Fidelity estimated a couple retiring in 2022 would spend just $41,000 on health care throughout retirement.1

Average Health Care & Medical Costs During Retirement

Average health care costs

Source: 21st Annual Retiree Health Care Cost Estimate Study, Fidelity Investments. Data assumes both are enrolled in traditional Medicare Parts A, B and D.

Americans will see some relief on Medicare-related costs. Starting in 2025, out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions will be capped at $2,000.2

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1 “Fidelity Releases 2022 Retiree Health Care Cost Estimate.

2 “How Will the Prescription Drug Provisions Affect Beneficiaries?

This article is for informational and educational purposes only. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but we do not warrant the accuracy of the information. Please consult with a qualified professional regarding your personal situation.

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