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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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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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Upcoming Events
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Using MEPS Data in Health Policy Analysis, November 1, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Chicago, IL.

New Publications
In both 2012 and 2013, 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 2012 (with a mean expenditure of $43,058), approximately 34 percent retained this ranking with respect to their 2013 health care expenditures. – From Statistical Brief 481: The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2012-2013

In 2013, the top 1 percent ranked by their health care expenses accounted for 21.5 percent of total health care expenditures with an annual mean expenditure of $95,200. In addition, the top 5 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population ranked by their expenditures accounted for nearly half of overall health care expenditures, while the lower 50 percent accounted for only 2.9 percent of the total. – From Statistical Brief 480: Differentials in the Concentration of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2013

New Data Files
The Appendix to MEPS 2013 Event Files (MEPS HC-160I) contains two data files. The first file is used for linking the MEPS 2013 condition file (HC-162) with the MEPS 2013 event files (HC-160A through HC-160H). The second file is used for linking the MEPS 2013 prescribed medicines event file (HC-160A) with other 2013 event files.

The 2013 Medical Conditions File (MEPS HC-162) provides household-reported medical conditions data collected on a nationally representative sample.

The 2013 Full Year Consolidated Data File (MEPS HC-163) consolidates all of the final 2013 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 2013 Person Round Plan (PRPL) File (MEPS HC-161) 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.

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

Health Data All-Star, 2013