UnitedHealth: Medicare Advantage spending is about 40% lower than FFS

Medicare beneficiaries who are covered through private plans as opposed to fee-for-service alternatives spend about 40 percent less on healthcare, according to a report published by UnitedHealth Group.

UnitedHealth found average annual healthcare costs for a 72-year-old Medicare FFS beneficiary are $5,960, compared to $3,632 for the same beneficiary in a Medicare Advantage plan.

The company also found that beneficiaries who are enrolled in FFS plans and Part D coverage spend $1,477 more than those in just Medicare Advantage plans.

Read the full report here.

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