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MEPS Topics: Medical Providers Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
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Medical Providers Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
Description: A medical provider visits/use/event is any visit made during the person's reference period to a medical provider. For MEPS, medical providers are Medical Doctors (M.D.), Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.), hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, or other health care facilities where health services are provided by or under the direction of a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy, and Home Health Agencies. Medical provider information are collected on the details on the nature of any contacts or visits, the type of provider, time spent with the provider, health conditions requiring medical provider services, treatments and services performed, surgical procedures, and prescribed medicines. Medical provider visits/use/events and expenditures are available as part of the Office-based Medical Provider and Hospital Outpatient event-level files. Information summarized to the person-level is available on the full-year consolidated files under the Household Full Year Files.
Data tables: For tables specifically on medical provider visits and expenditures, go to the Table 8 series of the Expenditures by Health Care Service and Expenditures by Medical Condition tables, and the Table 4 series in the State-Level Medical Expenditures tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for medical provider visits/use/events and expenditures. Select from the variable subgroups in the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2004 
Statistical Brief #149 
New Estimates of the Demand for Physical and Mental Health Treatment 
Working Paper #6008 
Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenses for Influenza, 2001-2003 
Statistical Brief #116 
Health Service Use and Expenses for Migraines and Other Headaches, 2002-03 (Average Annual Estimates) 
Statistical Brief #115 
Expenses for a Hospital Emergency Room Visit, 2003 
Statistical Brief #111 
Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs 
Research Findings #24 
Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2003 
Statistical Brief #106 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003 
Statistical Brief #103 
Health Care Expenditures for Injury-Related Conditions, 2002 
Statistical Brief #93 
Women's Health Care Utilization and Expenditures 
Working Paper #5014 
Access to Needed Medical Care among Children under 18 Years of Age with Special Health Care Needs, 2002 
Statistical Brief #75 
Trends in Children's Antibiotic Use: 1996 to 2001 
Research Findings #23 
Trends in Provider Capitation, 1996-2000 
Working Paper #4006 
Class Variables for MEPS Expenditure Imputations (replaced by Methodology Report #20) 
Working Paper #4005 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Community Population, 2002 
Statistical Brief #61 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Community Population, 2001 
Statistical Brief #56 
Health Care Expenses in the United States, 2000 
Research Findings #21 
Health Care Expenses for Injuries: Estimates from the 1997 MEPS 
Research Findings #19 
Trends in Antibiotic Use Among U.S. Children Aged 0 to 4 Years, 1996-2000 
Statistical Brief #35 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Community Population, 2000 
Statistical Brief #27 
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