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What MEPS tells us about ... children


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Number of children aged 0-17 with expenses for the top four most costly conditions, 2015
  Mental
Disorders
Asthma/Chronic
Obstructive Lung
Disease
Trauma-related
Disorders
Congenital
Anomalies
Number of children
aged 0-17
(in millions)
6.4 11.2 6.7 0.5
Expenses
(in billions)
21.6 7.1 7.3 4.8

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • Of the four most costly conditions for children, congenital anomalies affect the fewest children and are the least expensive conditions to treat.

  • The most expensive conditions to treat for children are mental disorders.

  • 11 million children had asthma or similar chronic respiratory condition.

  • In 2015, it cost about the same to treat children with asthma or similar chronic respiratory diseases as it did to treat children with trauma-related disorders.



What MEPS tells us about ... children


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Percent of children ages 2-17 reported to have at least one dental checkup in 2015 by race
Total Hispanic Non-Hispanic
White
Non-Hispanic
Black
Non-Hispanic
Other
54.5% 50.1% 59.3% 44.7% 54.8%

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • General guidelines suggest children 2 years old and older visit the dentist two times a year.

  • However, in 2015, only about half of all children in that age group had at least one dental checkup. Which means about half of 2-17 year old children did not have any dental checkups in 2015.

  • In 2015, there was little variation by race or ethnicity in the percentage of children with at least one dental checkup.

  • About half of Hispanic children reported having at least one dental checkup in 2015.

  • A little over half of white, non-Hispanic children had at least one dental checkup in 2015.



What MEPS tells us about ... young men


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Number of men ages 18 to 39 with expenses for the top five commonly treated conditions, 2015
  Mental
Disorders
Trauma-related
Disorders
Asthma/Chronic
Obstructive Lung
Disease
Acute Bronchitis &
Upper Respiratory
Infections
Back
Problems
Number of men
ages 18-39
(in millions)
4.4 5.2 3.2 2.3 2.4
Expenses
(in billions)
9.4 13.8 6.9 0.8 4.1

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • Of the five most costly conditions for men between 18 and 39, trauma-related disorders such as injuries from car accidents and sports affect young men the most and are the most expensive to treat.

  • In 2015, treating trauma-related disorders in men 18-39 years old cost just about the same as treating asthma, bronchitis, and back problems combined.

  • In 2015 about the same number of men between 18 and 39 received treatment for bronchitis and other respiratory infections as they did for back problems.



What MEPS tells us about ... young women


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Number of women ages 18 to 39 with expenses for the top five commonly treated conditions, 2015
  Gynecological
Disorders/Contraception
Mental
Disorders
Normal
Birth/Live
Born
COPD,
Asthma
Acute Bronchitis &
Upper Respitatory
Infections
Number of women
ages 18-39
(in millions)
8.0 7.8 4.9 5.4 4.9
Expenses
(in billions)
8.1 15.0 37.5 4.3 1.4

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • In 2015, more money was spent on care associated with child birth than other health care for women ages 18-39.

  • However, over 3 million more women between the ages of 18-39 received gynecological care, including contraception, than women who gave birth.

  • In 2015, for women ages 18 to 39, giving birth cost $22 billion more than care for mental disorders, the second most costly condition.



What MEPS tells us about ... seniors


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Percent of adults 65 and older, with and without heart disease (HD) who experienced these events, 2015
Office Visits - 5 or More At Least 1 Inpatient Hospital Stay At Least 1 Emergency Room Visit
With HD Without HD With HD Without HD With HD Without HD
73.7% 55.9% 26.2% 11.0% 30.9% 15.8%

Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • Over half of all adults 65 and older had 5 or more visits to a health provider office in 2015.

  • Almost 3/4 of seniors with heart disease saw a health care provider 5 or more times in 2015.

  • In 2015, adults ages 65 or older with heart disease were nearly two times more likely to have at least one emergency room visit than seniors without heart disease.

  • For adults ages 65 or older, having heart disease meant you were much more likely than those without heart disease to have a large number of office visits, inpatient hospital stays and emergency room visits.



What MEPS tells us about ... chronic conditions


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For each type of service, percent of expenditures dedicated to treating chronic conditions, adults ages 18 and older, 2015
Type of Service Percent of Expenditures
All Sevices (Total) 53.6
Prescription medicine 72.7
Home health care 71.7
Inpatient hospital 49.0
Office-based 43.5
Outpatient hospital 45.1
Emergency room 27.1

Note: Estimates do not include expenses for dental care and other medical equipment and services.
Source: Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, AHRQ Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2015

  • Over half of all money spent on health care for adults is for treating chronic conditions (54%) such as diabetes or asthma.

  • Almost 75% of all money spent on prescription medicines was for treating chronic conditions.

  • Almost 3/4 of all money spent on home health care was for treating chronic conditions.

  • A little more than 1/4 of all money spent on emergency room visits is associated with treating chronic conditions.



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