This public use data file is one in a series of event-level public use data files drawn from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS programming statements and in SAS transport format, the Dental Visits File provides detailed information on dental events for a nationally representative sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States during the 1996 calendar year. This file consists of 1996 data obtained in Panel 1, Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the survey and contains variables pertaining to household reported dental visits, including the date of the dental event, type of provider seen, if the visit was due to an accident, reason for the dental event, condition(s) and procedure(s) associated with the dental event; and whether or not medicines were prescribed.
The Dental Visits Public Use Data File consists of 2 event-level data files. File 1 contains characteristics associated with the dental event and imputed expenditure data. File 2 contains pre-imputed expenditure data.
This file is also available on CD-ROM. For more information, see MEPS HC-014: 1996 MEPS HC Survey Data.