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MEPS Topics: Children's Health
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Children's Health
Description: Children can be identified by the age variables in the MEPS-HC, allowing most MEPS analyses to be performed for children. Starting in 2001, a Child Health and Preventive Care section was added to the survey. This section contains questions that had been in the 2000 Parent Administered Questionnaire, selected children's questions that had been asked in previous years, and additional child preventive care questions. In addition to the tables, query tool, and publications below, full-year consolidated data files containing person-level children's health variables can be downloaded for analysis.
Data tables: No specific tables on child health currently exist on the Web site, although age categories are on most HC Summary Data Tables. For tables that can be customized, you may select a population based on age and/or define the age groupings as desired.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own tables by age. Note: None of the Child Health and Preventive Care section variables are available.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Less Than Half of All Children in the U.S. Visited a Dentist in 2004 00:45 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Second Hand Smoke and Children 00:34 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Expenditures for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders among Children, Ages 5-17, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #440 
The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17 
Statistical Brief #434 
Children's Dental Care: Advice and Visits, Ages 2-17, 2011 
Statistical Brief #432 
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for Children under Age 18: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #428 
Trends in Well-Child Visits: United States, 2002-2009 
Statistical Brief #419 
Use of Ambulatory Care among Children, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #384 
Expenditures for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders among Children Ages 5-17, 2007-2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #357 
Health Care Expenditures for the Five Most Common Children's Conditions, 2008: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17 
Statistical Brief #349 
Health Care Expenses and Utilization for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #343 
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 
Health Expenditures among Children with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1997-1998 and 2007-2008 
Statistical Brief #332 
Children's Dental Care: Advice and Checkups, Ages 2-17, 2008 
Statistical Brief #326 
Trends in Health Care Expenses and Utilization for Children under Age 18 Reporting Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996 and 2008 
Statistical Brief #324 
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children (5-17): Use and Expenditures, 2007 
Statistical Brief #276 
The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2006: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17 
Statistical Brief #242 
Ear Infections (Otitis Media) in Children (0-17): Use and Expenditures, 2006 
Statistical Brief #228 
Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004 
Chartbook #17 
Treatment of Sore Throats: Antibiotic Prescriptions and Throat Cultures for Children under 18 Years of Age, 2002-2004 (Average Annual) 
Statistical Brief #137 
Health Insurance Status of Children in America, First Half 1996-2005: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 18 
Statistical Brief #131 
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