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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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What's New Highlights
Upcoming Events
Registration is now OPEN for the MEPS Two-Day Data Users' Workshop. May 5–6, 2014, Rockville, MD. More details. . .

New Tabular Data
2012 Health Insurance tables from the MEPS Insurance Component are now available for civilian estimates and public-sector estimates.

New Publications
In 2011, the top five conditions in terms of total health care expenditures on children were mental disorders, asthma (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), trauma-related disorders, acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, and otitis media. The highest expenditure total was for care and treatment of mental disorders in children. – From Statistical Brief 434: The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17.

In 2011, 12.1 percent of adults agreed with the statement "I'm healthy enough that I really don't need health insurance," in contrast to only 9.0 percent of adults in the prior decade (2001). In addition, 24.3 percent of adults agreed with the statement "Health insurance is not worth the money it costs" in 2011 relative to 21.8 percent of adults in 2001. – From Statistical Brief 433: Attitudes toward Health Insurance and Their Persistence over Time, Adults, 2001-2011.

In 2011, 52.1 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 17 were offered advice from a doctor or other health provider about the need for routine dental checkups. In terms of actually receiving dental care, 50.5 percent of the children had at least one visit to the dentist during 2011. – From Statistical Brief 432: Children's Dental Care: Advice and Visits, Ages 2-17, 2011.

Receiving an influenza immunization may reduce the chance of getting the flu and its complications in most adults. Subgroups at increased risk of flu complications are examined including persons age 50 years and older and persons with selected chronic conditions. – From Statistical Brief 431: Influenza Immunization Rates for the Adult U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011.

This report focuses on the MEPS prescription medication data and describes the methods used to collect, edit, and link the data reported by the households and by the pharmacies, as well as the methods used to supply values for missing household- and pharmacy- reported data. – From Methodology Report 29: Outpatient Prescription Drugs: Data Collection and Editing in the 2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

New Survey Instruments
2012 Household Interview Showcards are now available.

2012 Household Supplemental Paper Questionnaires SAQ and DCS are now available.

2011 Household Interview Showcards are now available.

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.

 
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