||Medical Expenditures for People With Disabilities in the United States, 1987
||L. Trupin, D.P. Rice, and W. Max
||Disability Statistics Report #5. Laurel Heights, CA: Disability Statistics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
People with disabilities use more medical services--up to four times as much--than those without disabilities. Yet people with disabilities are more likely to not have insurance, and, if they do, it is public insurance.
A breakdown of medical payment sources showed:
50% of people with disabilities have public insurance (30% Medicare, 10% Medicaid, and 10% other public source); only 20% of the nondisabled population has public insurance.
People with disabilities spent more than twice on out-of-pocket money ($853) than the nondisabled population.
Medicare paid for 40% of hospital costs for people with disabilities and 14% for nondisabled. Private health insurance picked up the tab 30% for people with disabilities compared with 55% for nondisabled.
Information for this study came from the 1987 National Medical Expenditures Survey. For more information, contact Disability Statistics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, University of California-San Francisco, 3333 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118, (415) 502-5210, Web site
Trupin, L, Rice, D. P., & Max, W. (1995). Medical expenditures for people with disabilities in the United States, 1987. Disability Statistics Report #5. Laurel Heights, CA: Disability Statistics Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
This research was supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education. #347