Medicare is funded in a different way than most other programs. It is funded through the workers of today. That is to say that the people who are working today are the ones who are paying for the seniors that are benefiting from their Medicare program. This means that the workers are not actually currently getting any benefits from their Medicare taxes. However, when the workers of today become seniors, then the next generation will pay for their expenses. This circular payment system is one of the things that makes this program unique.
The truth is that not everyone pays the same amount of Medicare taxes. Any income at all is taxed, but it is all taxed at different rates. The more money that you make, the more that you are suppose to pay in Medicare taxes. There are some cases when you may find that those who make more are not actually paying their fair share because of so many tax loopholes that have been written into the system. This is something that means that not everyone is going to pay the same amount.
In order to figure out how much you are paying into the system, you are going to want to make sure that you look at your pay stubs from the past. Those pay stubs are going to tell you how much you have paid into the system each and every week. That is something that you want to make sure that you know about simply for reference reasons. You will also start to receive information from the government once you are qualified for Medicare showing you how much you have contributed over your whole life in the mail. Look for that if you are of age to receive Medicare.