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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
GSA Pre-Conference Workshop, November 5, 2014, Washington, D.C. Using Medical Expenditures Panel Survey Data in Gerontological Health Services Research.

APHA Annual Meeting, Sunday, November 16, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., New Orleans, LA. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Using MEPS Data in National and Regional Health Services Research.

New Data Files
The 2012 Full Year Consolidated Data File (MEPS HC-155) consolidates all of the final 2012 person-level variables onto one file. This file contains demographic, health status, access to care, employment, quality of care, health insurance, income, and expenditure variables.

The 2012 Medical Conditions File (MEPS HC-154) provides household-reported medical conditions data collected on a nationally representative sample.

The 2012 Person Round Plan (PRPL) File (MEPS HC-153) contains records for persons insured through private establishments that provide hospital/physician, medigap, dental, vision, or prescription medication coverage. It also includes variables pertaining to managed care and experiences with health plans.

The Appendix to MEPS 2012 Event Files (MEPS HC-152I) contains two data files. The first file is used for linking the MEPS 2012 condition file (HC-154) with the MEPS 2012 event files (HC-152A through HC-152H). The second file is used for linking the MEPS 2012 prescribed medicines event file (HC-144A) with other 2012 event files.

New Publications
In 2012, the top 5 percent of children under the age of 18 ranked by their out-of-pocket health care expenses accounted for 60.5 percent of the out-of-pocket health care expenditures incurred by this subpopulation with an annual mean out-of-pocket expenditure of $3,287. – From Statistical Brief 450: Differentials in the Concentration in Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2012

In both 2011 and 2012, the top 5 percent of the population accounted for nearly 50 percent of health care expenditures. Among those individuals ranked in the top 5 percent of the health care expenditure distribution in 2011 (with a mean expenditure of $42,228), approximately 35 percent retained this ranking with respect to their 2012 health care expenditures. – From Statistical Brief 449: The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2011-2012

The top 5 percent of the uninsured population under age 65 ranked by their health care expenses accounted for 58.9 percent of the health care expenditures incurred by this subpopulation with an annual mean of $14,565 in 2012.– From Statistical Brief 448: Differentials in the Concentration of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2012

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

Health Data All-Star, 2013