Health care expenditure patterns for adolescents

J Adolesc Health Care. 1990 Mar;11(2):133-40. doi: 10.1016/0197-0070(90)90023-u.


Health care expenditure patterns are described using a sample of 2,767 adolescents aged 10 to 18 years from the National Medical Care Utilization and Expenditure Survey. Average total per capita health care expenditures were $525. Average out-of-pocket expenses were $151 in 1988 dollars. The burden of out-of-pocket expenses was distributed unevenly among the families of adolescents. The 10% of adolescents with the highest expenses accounted for 65% of all out-of-pocket expenses. The presence of health insurance coverage greatly reduced the risk of incurring burdensome out-of-pocket expenses. Health policy interventions to improve health insurance coverage of adolescents are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Financing, Personal / economics
  • Health Expenditures*
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services / economics*
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health / economics*
  • Male
  • United States