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MEPS Topics: Elderly Health Care
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Elderly Health Care
Description: As with other population groups, the elderly can be identified in MEPS-HC; and their expenditures, prescription drug usage, and utilization can be analyzed. In addition to the tables and publications below, data files can be downloaded for further analyses.

MEPS stopped collecting institutionalized care information after the 1996 Nursing Home Component was fielded. However, data for all home health events are collected as one type of medical event.

Additional health care information on the elderly is available in the National Healthcare Disparities Report.

Data tables: Age categories are available in most HC Summary Data Tables. For tables that can be customized, you can select a population based on age and/or define the age groupings as desired. No specific tables on long-term care or care of the elderly are produced.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own tables with breakouts by age.
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly, Age 65 and Over: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #429 
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 Trauma-Related Disorders among the Elderly and Non-Elderly, 2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #397 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #363 
Health Care Use and Expenditures for Pain Conditions among Women 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2008 
Statistical Brief #342 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among the Elderly, Age 65 and Older, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population 
Statistical Brief #327 
Person Characteristics of the Elderly Reporting One or More Cognitive Disorders, 2007 
Statistical Brief #310 
Average Outpatient Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs for the Top Five Most Expensive Prescription Drugs for Adults Age 65 and over: 2005 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #288 
Health Insurance for the Elderly - Issues in Measurement Workshop, April 2003 
Working Paper #6003 
Out-of-Pocket Expenditures on Health Care and Insurance Premiums among the Elderly Population, 2003 
Statistical Brief #122 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expenses for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003 
Statistical Brief #109 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, by Total Expenses for the Elderly and Near Elderly in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 
Statistical Brief #91 
Overweight and Obese Elderly and Near Elderly in the United States, 2002: Estimates for the Noninstitutionalized Population Age 55 and Older 
Statistical Brief #68 
Top 10 Outpatient Prescription Medicines Ranked by Utilization and Expenditures for the Elderly in the U.S. Community Population, 2002 
Statistical Brief #66 
Top 10 Outpatient Prescription Medicines Ranked by Utilization and Expenditures for the Near Elderly in the U.S. Community Population, 2002 
Statistical Brief #65 
Nursing Home Expenses, 1987 and 1996 
Chartbook #6 
Expenses and Sources of Payment for Nursing Home Residents, 1996 
Research Findings #13 
Nursing Home Trends, 1987 and 1996 
Chartbook #3 
Special Care Units in Nursing Homes - Selected Characteristics, 1996 
Research Findings #6 
Characteristics of Nursing Home Residents - 1996 
Research Findings #5 
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   Page last revised:  October 5, 2009