When Americans consider how much they will need to save to retire comfortably, medical expenses loom large.

Americans 50 and older worry more about the potential costs of health care than any other financial issue, and yet, when it comes to retirement planning, 15% -- fewer than one in six -- of workers in that age group have tried to calculate how much they might need to cover medical bills or long-term care expenses, according to a new survey conducted by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave.

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