Future health care costs are becoming an even more important part of retirement planning.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that medical expenses are extremely or very important when it comes to planning for retirement, according to the 2012 Health Confidence Survey, sponsored by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Mathew Greenwald and Associates.

The percentage of individuals reporting that medical expenses were extremely important in retirement planning jumped from 27 percent in 2003 to 45 percent last year.

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