This public use data file is one in a series of event-level public use data files drawn from the 2021 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R programming statements a SAS transport file, a SAS V9 file, a XLSX file, and a Stata file, the Other Medical Expenses file provides information on the purchases of and expenditures for visual aids, medical equipment, supplies, and other medical items during the 2021 calendar year for a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. It contains one record for each type of medical item reported as being purchased or otherwise obtained by a household member during the specified reference period. This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in the 2021 portion of Round 7, and all of Rounds 8 and 9 for Panel 23; the 2021 portion of Rounds 5 and 7, and all of Round 6 for Panel 24; the 2021 portion of Round 3 and all of Rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 25; and Rounds 1, 2, and the 2021 portion of Round 3 for Panel 26 (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering the calendar year 2021). This year, 2021, is the first data year to include four panels of data. Because of concerns about lower response rates due to COVID-19, Panels 23 and 24 were extended to include 9 rounds of data collection; data for Rounds 7, 8, and 9 for Panel 23 and Rounds 5, 6, and 7 for Panel 24 are included in the 2021 data files. Data from this event file can be merged with other 2021 MEPS HC data files to append person-level data, such as demographic characteristics or health insurance coverage, to each Other Medical record. This file can also be used to construct summary variables of expenditures, source of payment, and related aspects of the purchase of medical items.
For more details on loading MEPS PUFs into R, SAS, and Stata, please visit the MEPS GitHub page.
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