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MEPS Topics: Access to Health Care
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Access to Health Care
Description: Access to health care information is collected in the Access to Care (AC) section of the MEPS-HC questionnaire. Topics include family members' origin and preferred languages, family members' usual source of care, characteristics of the usual source of health care providers, satisfaction with and access to the usual source of health care provider, and access to medical treatment, dental treatment, and prescription medicines. In addition to the tables and publications below, person-level data files with access to health care variables can be downloaded for analysis.
Data tables: For tables specifically on access to health care estimates, go to Access to Care Tables. Also visit the Tables 3 series for all years and the Table 4 series for 2000 and 2001 of the Quality of Care Tables. All access to care related tables are located in the HC Summary Data Tables section.
Analytic tools: No access to care variables are available with the MEPSnet query tools at this time.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: English Skills Affect Hispanic Access to Health Care 00:45 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2009-2012 (Selected Intervals): Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65 
Statistical Brief #464 
Access to Health Care of Adult Men and Women, Ages 18-64, 2012 
Statistical Brief #461 
National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #457 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Distributions by Type of Service and Source of Payment, 2012 
Statistical Brief #456 
Access and Experiences Regarding Health Care: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Age 18 and Older, 2010 
Statistical Brief #406 
Asthma Medication Use among Adults with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1998-1999 and 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #378 
Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Asthma in Adults, 1998 to 2009 
Research Findings #33 
Changes in Adult Asthma Medication Use and Expenditures, United States, 1998-1999 to 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #374 
Health Care Use and Expenditures for Pain Conditions among Women 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2008 
Statistical Brief #342 
Changes in Children's Use and Expenditures for Asthma Medications, United States, 1997-1998 to 2007-2008 
Statistical Brief #341 
Asthma Medication Use among Children with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 2007-2008 
Statistical Brief #340 
Characteristics of Those Without Any Ambulatory Care Visits in 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population 
Statistical Brief #334 
Health Care Access and Expenditures among Non-Elderly Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Variations by Insurance Coverage Status, 2007-08 (Average Annual) 
Statistical Brief #320 
Getting Routine Care, U.S. Adult Noninstitutionalized Population, 2007 
Statistical Brief #284 
Percentage of Persons Unable to Get or Delayed in Getting Needed Medical Care, Dental Care, or Prescription Medicines: United States, 2007 
Statistical Brief #282 
Variations in Perceived Need and Access to Specialist Care among Adults in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2007 
Statistical Brief #274 
Trends in Access to Health Care: Disparities by Poverty Status and Health Insurance, 1996-2006 
Statistical Brief #265 
Getting Health Care from Specialists among Adults with Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2004 
Statistical Brief #162 
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage and Usual Source of Health Care, 2002 
Chartbook #14 
Children's Dental Care: Periodicity of Checkups and Access to Care, 2003 
Statistical Brief #113 
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   Page last revised:  October 5, 2009