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Employer health care costs as a share of wages, by wage fifth, 1996–2008

Wage fifth
Bottom Second Middle Fourth Top Average
A. Health share of annual wages
1996 8.2% 9.2% 8.0% 6.9% 4.4% 6.1%
2001 9.5 11.0 10.3 7.9 4.9 7.1
2008 9.3 12.8 11.9 9.7 6.2 8.5
B. Total change in share
1996–2001 1.3 1.8 2.3 1.0 0.5 1.0
2001–2008 -0.2 1.8 1.6 1.8 1.3 1.4
C. Annual change in share
1996–2001 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.2
2001–2008 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2
1996–2008 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2

Source: Authors' analysis of Burtless and Milusheva (2012) based on Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

Updated May 17, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table is based on analysis of Burtless and Milusheva (2012) based on Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. The authors provide data by decile which we aggregated to fifths. The premiums include both those enrolled and not enrolled in employer plans. The premiums were estimated by Burtless and Milusheva using various imputation methods.

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