Written By: Shinae Choi, Ph.D., Justin Blackburn, Ph.D.
This study sought to investigate household socio-demographic characteristics as predictors of patterns of health insurance premiums and medical expenses of consumers using the 2014 Consumer Expenditures Survey. This study found that age, being married, educational attainment, and log of family salary income were associated with higher family spending on both health insurance premiums and medical expenses. Government employment status was associated with lower spending on health insurance premiums and medical expenses. Findings from this research are informative for both households in determining health insurance premiums and medical expenses throughout the life course as well as financial advisors in personal financial planning and counseling focused on health care. Keywords: health care, health insurance premiums, household socio-demographic characteristics, payments for medical expensesDownload Journal