Medicare Has Administrative Costs of 1.4%

Medicare has administrative costs of just 1.4 percent, according to the 2017 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund.

The trustees’ summary listed total Medicare expenditures of $678.7 billion for 2016, of which $9.2 billion was characterized as “administrative expenses.” That works out to 1.4 percent.


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