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MEPS-HC Response Rates by Panel

In surveys with a panel design consisting of multiple waves or rounds of data collection, the overall response rate is a multiplicative function of the wave or round-specific response rates. The MEPS-HC overall response rates shown in table 1 below are a combination of the response rates for the NHIS and each MEPS round that is part of the point-in-time and full-year estimates. Table 2 below shows the point-in-time response rates for each panel and the combined overall response rates for each year. Table 3 shows the full-year response rates for each panel and the combined overall response rates for each year.

Table 1. MEPS-HC overall response rates for public use files*

Year

Point-in-time file

Full-year file

2013

58.0%

 

2012

61.3%

56.3%

2011

59.4%

54.9%

2010

58.6%

53.5%

2009

62.8%

57.2%

2008

64.4%

59.3%

2007

62.5%

56.9%

2006

64.2%

58.3%

2005

66.5%

61.3%

2004

68.2%

63.1%

2003

68.9%

64.5%

2002

69.2%

64.7%

2001

71.4%

66.3%

2000

70.5%

65.8%

1999

74.0%

66.0%

1998

73.2%

67.4%

1997

74.3%

66.8%

1996

78.0%

70.7%

*In 2001, a standardized method for calculating response rates was developed and applied to all prior years. For this reason, the response rates reported in the public use file documentation for 1996 through 2000 vary slightly from those reported here. 

Table 2. Individual panel and combined overall response rates for MEPS-HC point-in-time (PIT) files

Year

NHIS response rate
Year 1*

PIT Year 1**

PIT Year 2***

PIT overall (combined)

2013

78.0%

57.9%

58.1%

58.0%

2012

82.9%

64.8%

57.4%

61.3%

2011

80.6%

63.0%

54.3%

59.4%

2010

84.0%

61.7%

55.5%

58.6%

2009

85.2%

63.7%

61.8%

62.8%

2008

87.4%

67.9%

58.8%

64.4%

2007

88.1%

67.4%

58.2%

62.5%

2006

87.3%

66.4%

62.3%

64.2%

2005

87.9%

69.4%

63.5%

66.5%

2004

90.3%

70.3%

65.9%

68.2%

2003

90.1%

71.9%

65.6%

68.9%

2002

89.7%

72.2%

66.8%

69.2%

2001

89.9%

73.0%

68.3%

71.4%

2000

92.2%

74.9%

66.1%

70.5%

1999

92.2%

74.0%

--

74.0%

1998

93.7%

76.9%

69.5%

73.2%

1997

93.8%

77.9%

70.7%

74.3%

1996

93.9%

78.0%

--

78.0%

* NHIS response rate for records included in the following year's MEPS frame
** Response rate for newly introduced panel in year 1 of data collection
*** Response rate for panel in year 2 of data collection
--- Panel not included in response rate

Table 3. Individual panel and combined overall response rates for MEPS-HC full-year files

Year

NHIS response rate Year 1*

Full-year Year 1**

Full-year Year 2***

Full-year overall(combined)

2012

82.9%

54.4%

58.1%

56.3%

2011

80.6%

51.6%

57.3%

54.9%

2010

84.0%

52.8%

54.3%

53.5%

2009

85.2%

58.7%

55.5%

57.2%

2008

87.4%

61.8%

55.4%

59.3%

2007

88.1%

58.8%

55.4%

56.9%

2006

87.3%

58.2%

58.5%

58.3%

2005

87.9%

60.3%

62.3%

61.3%

2004

90.3%

63.5%

62.7%

63.1%

2003

90.1%

65.9%

62.9%

64.5%

2002

89.7%

65.6%

64.0%

64.7%

2001

89.9%

66.8%

65.4%

66.3%

2000

92.2%

68.3%

63.7%

65.8%

1999

92.3%

66.1%

65.9%

66.0%

1998

93.7%

69.0%

65.7%

67.4%

1997

93.8%

69.5%

64.1%

66.8%

1996

93.9%

70.7%

--

70.7%

* NHIS response rate for records included in the following year's MEPS frame
** Response rate for newly introduced panel in year 1 of data collection
*** Response rate for panel in year 2 of data collection
--- Panel not included in response rate

 

 
   Page last revised:  November 20, 2013