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Table 1 Prescription drug expenditures by insurance and age in the United States

From: Healthcare reform in the United States and China: pharmaceutical market implications

  2010 2015 2020
  Population Rx (per capita) Population Rx (per capita) Population Rx (per capita)
Under 26 108,528,000   110,205,000   110,680,000  
 Private insurance 63,602,000 209 68,737,000 300 69,033,000 431
 Public insurance only 32,192,000 368 37,139,000 528 37,631,000 758
 Uninsured 12,734,000 109 4,329,000 156 4,016,000 225
26-64 158,889,000   163,463,000   167,247,000  
 Private Insurance 115,778,000 915 127,838,000 1,314 136,923,000 1,886
 Public Insurance only 15,619,000 2,376 22,558,000 3,411 23,582,000 4,897
 Uninsured 27,492,000 275 13,068,000 395 6,742,000 567
65 and over 41,158,000   47,695,000   55,969,000  
 Medicare only 15,683,000 2,036 18,174,000 2,923 21,327,000 4,196
 Medicare and private 20,799,000 2,350 24,102,000 3,374 28,284,000 4,843
 Medicare and other public 4,062,000 2,953 4,707,000 4,239 5,524,000 6,086
 Uninsured 614,000 1,577 711,000 2,264 835,000 3,250
Total 308,575,000 270,907 321,363,000 446,956 333,896,000 699,517
  1. Note: Population is actual or projected number rounded to nearest thousand; total prescription drug (Rx) spending is in millions of US$, nominal.
  2. Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, “Projections of the Population by Selected Age Groups: 2010 to 2050”, (May 2013); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: Prescription Medicines Expenses per Person by Source of Payment” (May 2013).