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MEPS Topics: Health Care Costs/Expenditures
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Health Care Costs/Expenditures
Description: Health care costs (both charges and payments) are collected for all persons for each medical event they experience in the year, including the amount from each payment source. Charges are the dollar amounts asked ("charge") for a service by a health care provider. This is often different from the actual payments made to providers. Expenditure estimates are based on payments, not charges. More specifically, expenditures in MEPS are comprised of direct payments for care provided during the year, including out-of-pocket payments and payments by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other sources. In addition to the tables, query tool, and publications below, person-level and event-level data files with health care expenditure variables can be downloaded for analysis.
Data tables: For tables specifically on health care expenditures, go to the Total Medical Expenditures, Expenditures by Medical Condition, and State-Level Medical Expenditures table series of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for health care expenditures.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Most Costly Conditions - Men 01:00 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Most Costly Conditions - Women 01:00 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: The Nation's 10 Most Expensive Medical Conditions 00:53 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Report on the Cost of Having a Baby 00:51 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: The Cost of Treating Adults with Diabetes 00:57 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
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 
The Concentration of Health Care Expenditures and Related Expenses for Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 
Statistical Brief #455 
Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #454 
Differentials in the Concentration in Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2012 
Statistical Brief #450 
The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2011-2012 
Statistical Brief #449 
Differentials in the Concentration of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2012 
Statistical Brief #448 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2011 
Statistical Brief #441 
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly, Age 65 and Over: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #429 
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for Children under Age 18: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #428 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #425 
Differentials in the Concentration in the Level of Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2011 
Statistical Brief #423 
Differentials in the Concentration in the Level of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2010 
Statistical Brief #421 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #415 
Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #414 
Prescription Drug Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #413 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 
Statistical Brief #411 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 
Statistical Brief #410 
Health Care Expenditures for the Most Commonly Treated Conditions of Women Ages 18 to 39, 2009 
Statistical Brief #403 
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