A healthcare worker who uses the Amanda app to monitor a patient’s medical history and costs is using the tool to help consumers find out how much they’re paying.Read more Dr. Sarah Miller-Young from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and colleagues at MUSC’s Center for Health Systems Research in collaboration with the National Bureau of Economic Research, analyzed a dataset of Medicare claims and found the average Medicare beneficiary paid $8,400 in medical expenses over their lifetime, compared to an average of $4,100 for an uninsured individual.
The median Medicare beneficiary in the U.S. paid $10,500 in medical costs in 2025, and by 2060, the average patient’s average cost is $13,700.
Miller-Young and her team analyzed data from the Medicare Claims and Payments System (MCCPS), a database of Medicare records compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2014 and 2015.
Using the CMS data, the researchers were able to estimate the total medical costs of the entire U.N. population over the past decade, with an average total cost of $12,200 per person.
The researchers found that the average U.K. patient paid $5,200 in medical bills over the last decade, while an average American Medicare beneficiary spent $6,000.
In both countries, the majority of Medicare beneficiaries paid more than their Medicare premiums.
The average U-shaped curve is the most common type of health care cost curve found in the data.
The researchers said the curve looks like this when there are two outliers, one that is higher than the average and one that isn’t.
The average U shape is an average health care expense, and the average is the difference between the two outliances.
The shape is called a “U shape.”
The researchers compared the U shape to the median cost curve in the database and found that it closely approximates the median.
The U shape was also consistent across countries.
This means the average American, U shape, and median U shape were all consistent across the U-shape, which was the most commonly found health care curve.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Health Economics.