Survey: 64% of Americans were expected to retire broke. Survey: Only 38.1% were saving specifically for the cost of health care in retirement. Average retiree is thought to spend $4,300 on health care each year, although specific conditions and treatments can certainly affect this amount. Only 20.9% of people earning less than $50,000 said they believed they would have sufficient savings for retirement. Nearly 23% planned to use a health savings account (HSA) – or tax-advantaged account – a relatively more effective option than a personal savings account.