A third of the medical costs for the
uninsured are uncompensated.
About a quarter of the total medical
care costs are paid directly by the
uninsured out-of-pocket, however
people who are uninsured for the full
year pay for over a third of their care
(35%) out-of-pocket—a considerably
higher share than paid by either the
full-year or part-year insured
populations, who paid for just under
20% of their care out-of-pocket.
In 2004, uncompensated care is
estimated to be $40.7 billion. Adults
uninsured for the full year receive the
majority of uncompensated care,
$26.3 billion (65% of the total amount).
Children are less likely to be
uninsured and their average health
care costs are less than adults as well.
Uncompensated care represents 2.7%
of the projected total personal health
care spending for 2004 of $1.5 trillion.