Thanks to Sheepdog for putting out some real #s, though they're very specific to the couple and are from the past years.
Others have commented on the extrapolation to this $2.6M number, so, no additional comments from me on that specific number.
In general though, I think the financial investment outfits (read
: money managers, mutual fund companies, wealth management folks) have been trying to generate this scare about general population "not having saved enough" for retirement, and now-a-days, insufficient savings for health care expenses during retirement; IMO, these scare stories are, to some extent, aimed at fattening the investment industries' bottom lines too; (i.e., self-serving to the industry as they get to make additional $$s in annual fees/expenses for managing these retirement/health care savings).
There were numerous such scare articles published earlier on retirement savings where the "replacement income" needed during retirement was projected to be anywhere from 80% of one's income while working to over 100%
Such scare articles were completely ignoring a lot of the expenses that get reduced/eliminated altogether in retirement for most people - expenses like retirement contributions, taxes, possibly mortgage if the house is paid off, etc. etc. - and additional income sources like SS (and possibly pension for some lucky folks) cushion the need for having unrealistically huge retirement savings.
So, while I don't want to be oblivious to the rising cost of healthcare, I'd not worry too much about saving-the-heck for it either; "exit to upstairs" (natural death, I mean) will be my saving grace/strategy if I can't come up with such outrageous savings
Save as much as you can in general, but, no point losing sleep over what's not possible