Lifetime distribution of health care spending in the United States (2004)

This study uses data from Blue Cross of Michigan and Medicare to estimate lifetime health care spending, and how it is distributed.

It finds that average lifetime spending is $316k per person (higher for women, lower for men). About 60% of that money is spent after age 65. For people who make it to 85, about 30% of their lifetime spending on health care is ahead of them.

The study was published in 2004.