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Wallet, cash and stethoscope Beneficiaries with poorer health, those with multiple chronic conditions, and those with any inpatient hospital use faced higher out-of-pocket costs than the average traditional Medicare beneficiary. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As the debate over Medicare for All rages on, a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) offers a timely reminder: our current Medicare system is far from perfect.

The new study analyzes how much Medicare members spend out of pocket on their health care. The study finds that 2016, the average person with Medicare coverage spent $5,460 in out-of-pocket costs. This includes those in community-living programs and those in long-term care facilities.

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