ERIC Number: ED415606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Who Pays for the Medical Care of People with Disabilities? Disability Statistics Abstract, Number 13.
Trupin, Laura; Rice, Dorothy P.; Max, Wendy
This statistical abstract presents data on the sources of payment for medical care for people with disabilities in different age groups. All estimates come from the National Medical Expenditures Survey, a nationally representative survey of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S. conducted in 1987. Six categories of payment sources are reported here: (1) out of pocket, including payments by the individual or a member of the family; (2) private health insurance; (3) Medicare (not shown for children aged 1-17); (4) Medicaid; (5) other public programs, military coverage, community mental health centers, coverage for dependents of active or retired military personnel, coverage for dependents or survivors of disabled veterans, and Supplemental Security Income; and (6) other sources, including workers' compensation, bad debt, services provided without charge, automobile or non-health insurance, and payments by school, union, company, charity, friend, or foreign government. Results found people with disabilities are much more likely to have public coverage to pay for their health care than those without disabilities. People with disabilities have 50 percent of their health care expenditures paid by public sources: 30 percent Medicare, 10 percent Medicaid, and 10 percent other public sources, for a total public expenditure of $79 billion in 1987. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Children, Disabilities, Health Care Costs, Medical Services, Public Support, Welfare Services
Disability Statistics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Institute for Health & Aging, School of Nursing, University of California, Box 0646, Laurel Heights, 3333 California St., San Francisco, CA 94143-0646.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Inst. for Health and Aging.