Press Release 06-14-2017

Retirement Health Care Costs Continue to Rise: Financial Choices and Health Condition Management Are Key To Planning for Future Expenses, Reducing Costs, and Living LongerHealthView Services’ 2017 Retirement Health Care Costs Data Report Reveals: Projected benchmark health care expenses for retirees Percentage of Social Security benefits required to cover health care Lifetime retirement health care costs higher for women Average annual out-of-pocket savings from managing type 2...

2017 Retirement Health Care Costs Data Report

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION   HealthView Services’ 2017 Retirement Health Care Costs Data Report shows retiree health care expenses will rise at an average annual rate of 5.47% for the foreseeable future – almost triple the U.S. inflation rate from 2012-2016 (1.9%)1 and more than double annual projected Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs –2.6%). As this Report details, the compounding impact of health care inflation means that health care costs will be one of the...
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