This public use file is one in a series of public use event files drawn from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household (HC) and Medical Provider Components (MPC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements and in SAS transport format, the Office-Based Provider Visits File provides detailed information on office-based provider visits. Data are gathered from a nationally representative sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and can be used to make estimates of office-based provider utilization and expenditures for calendar year 1996. Each record represents one household-reported office-based provider visit reported during Rounds 1, 2, and 3. Office-based provider visits reported in Round 3 and known to have begun after December 31, 1996, are not included on this file.
The Office-Based Provider Public Use Data File consists of two event-level data files. File 1 contains characteristics associated with the office-based visit, such as, date of the visit, time spent with the provider, types of treatment and services received, types of medicine prescribed, condition codes, expenditures, source of payment associated with the visit and imputed expenditure variables. File 2 contains unimputed expenditure variables and is intended for analysts who want to perform their own imputations to handle missing data.
For more information, see MEPS HC-014: 1996 MEPS HC Survey Data.