A. Are you ready for the sticker shock? A recent Fidelity survey shows total average outlays for health expenses in retirement at $220,000 for a couple who lives to average life expectancy.
Most people who prepare their retirement tend to underestimate the health expenses.
An estimate puts a Medicare beneficiary whose adjusted gross income at $85K (double that if married filing jointly) will spend an average of about $8K each year on routine medical expenses in retirement, and that figure will rise each year, due to higher inflation rate of health costs.