This AARP survey looked at the public’s awareness and concern about health care costs that they may incur during retirement. It also sought to determine whether or not non-retired adults are currently saving to cover health care expenses in the future.
Key findings include:
- Most individuals have not taken steps to plan for health care costs in retirement. Across age groups, only about one-third (36%) have tried to estimate how much money they will need to save and have set money aside to cover these expenses in the future. Adults age 60-64 (40%) are just slightly more likely than those age 50-59 (35%) to have money set aside although these differences are not statistically significant.
- While most adults age 50-64 have given health care costs in retirement some level of thought, a smaller percentage is confident that they will be able to afford the costs. Two-thirds of respondents have thought about the costs at least somewhat but only 52% are confident they can afford the costs. In fact, less than two in ten (16%) are very confident that they can afford the costs of health care in retirement.
- Estimates of the actual costs of health care in retirement vary significantly. More than four in ten adults age 50-64 (42%) believe they will need to accumulate less than $100,000 to cover out-of-pocket health care expenses during their retirement. In addition, sixteen percent believe it will cost less than $50,000 and 15% say they simply do not know.
The survey was conducted for AARP by SSRS, an independent research firm. Interviews were conducted September 18 – October 9, 2013 among a nationally representative sample of 1000 non-retired adults age 50-64. This survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3%.
For more information, contact Laura Skufca at (202) 434-6285.
Skufca, Laura. 2013 Health Care Costs Survey. Washington, DC: AARP Research, November 2013. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00071.001