From an annual report from Fidelity Investments:
For a 65-year-old couple retiring this year, the cost of health care in retirement will be $240,000, 6 percent more than that same couple retiring in 2011 would pay. The report assumes that the man will live 17 years and the woman 20…The $240,000 number captures the Part B premium for physician services, Part D for prescription drugs.
Another study, this one from Nationwide Financial, found that people who were near retirement routinely and wildly overestimated the percentage of health care costs covered by Medicare. It covers only 51 percent of health care services, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
More from Paul Sullivan on retirement planning in the NYT.