Use, expenditures, and population dollars

These MEPS summary tables provide statistics on health care utilization and expenditures. Types of data available include number of people, percentage of people with an expense, total expenditures, mean and median expenditures per person, total number of health care events, mean number of events per person, and mean spending per event. Data can be grouped by event type (such as prescription medicines or dental visits), by source of payment (such as Medicare or Medicaid), or by demographic characteristics (such as age, race, or sex).

Use the options below to select a statistic of interest, the data view ("Trends over time" or "Cross-sectional"), data years, and grouping variables. If you select "Trends over time", you can choose a range of years. The "Cross-sectional" view displays a single year, which can be stratified by up to two grouping variables. Once a grouping variable is selected, a dropdown menu will appear, enabling selection of specific levels in each group.

After you select the available options, the table will automatically be updated. The data can be viewed as a plot under the "Plot" tab, with line graphs for trends over time and grouped bar graphs for the cross-sectional view. The generated tables and plots can be downloaded with the download button under each tab. To view standard errors in the table or 95% confidence intervals in the plot, select the "Show standard errors" checkbox. Example R, SAS, and Stata code for generating selected tables are available at the MEPS GitHub repository.

(Standard errors are approximately zero for control totals)
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2018 Design Change - Impact on Use and Expenditures

Starting with interviews conducted in 2018, the MEPS Household Component questionnaire was revised to improve respondents' reporting of health care use. These improvements likely contribute to observed increases (and may dampen any actual decreases) in events and expenditures from 2016 to 2018, particularly from 2017 to 2018.

This tool is provided as a convenience. It is the responsibility of the user to review results for statistical significance and overall reasonableness.

About the data

The MEPS Household Component collects data on all members of sample households who are in-scope for the survey. These data can be used to produce nationally representative estimates of medical conditions, health status, use of medical care services, charges and payments, access to care, experience with care, health insurance coverage, income, and employment. The target population represented in the tables and figures is persons in the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population for all or part of the year.

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