How much do families spend on health
care? The Milliman Medical Index is a yearly
tabulation of the amount spent by families with PPO insurance.
For 2009, the average cost for a family of four was $16,771. In the same year, the federal poverty level is $22,050.
What is very interesting is the geographic variation in the spending on health care. Miami families, at $20,282, spend much more than Seattle families, at $15,564.