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   Access and Experiences Regarding Medical Care, Fall 2000
Product type:
   Statistical Brief 2
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   March 8, 2002
   The quality of the health care received by Americans is an issue of public policy concern for several reasons. First, the level of quality of the health care delivery system affects the capacity to provide timely, accessible, effective and efficient medical care to the population in need of services. Secondly, estimates of quality are vital to evaluate the costs and outcomes of health care delivery and to help identify potential areas where improvements are necessary. Finally, all components of the population may not be receiving care equally. Following these population subgroups over time can provide information about whether greater equity has been achieved or whether serious gaps remain. A self-administered questionnaire was added to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to collect information on health care utilization, access, health status and the quality of health care received. The quality of care measures were taken from an AHRQ-sponsored instrument, the Consumer Assessments of Health Plans (CAHPS®). The questionnaire was administered in late 2000 and early 2001. All of the questions refer to events experienced in the last 12 months. This MEPS Statistical Brief presents preliminary findings based on the data obtained from the self-administered questionnaire.
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
   Web Only Publication
MEPS Topics:
   Access to Health Care, Quality of Health Care
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   data_files/publications/st2/stat02.pdf (121 KB)
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