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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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MEPS Topics
bullet Access to Health Care bullet Health Insurance bullet Prescription Drugs
bullet Children's Health bullet Medical Conditions bullet Projected Data/Expenditures
bullet Children's Insurance Coverage bullet Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP bullet Quality of Health Care
bullet Elderly Health Care bullet Men's Health bullet State and Metro Area Estimates
bullet Health Care Costs/Expenditures bullet Mental Health bullet The Uninsured
bullet Health Care Disparities bullet Obesity bullet Women's Health
 
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Analytical Tools
New interface for redesigned MEPS tables is now live! AHRQ has redesigned the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component summary tables to be more user friendly. The interface has been revamped to make navigation easier through multiple queries. New features include the ability to view trends over time, automated plot generation, and R and SAS code to replicate the selected tables. The online summary tables now provide an interactive platform that allows users to quickly access summary estimates at the national level on household medical utilization and expenditures, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health insurance coverage, access to care and satisfaction with care, medical conditions, and prescribed medicine purchases.

The MEPS summary tables have been updated with 2016 data.

New Publications
Statistical Brief 516: Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Non-Elderly Adults in 2015-2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics This Statistical Brief presents estimates from the 2015 and 2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component of fills of prescriptions for opioid medications that are commonly used to treat pain. The sample includes all non-elderly adults (ages 18 to 64) in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population.

Statistical Brief 515: Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Elderly Adults in 2015-2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics This Statistical Brief presents estimates from the 2015 and 2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component of fills of prescriptions for opioid medications that are commonly used to treat pain. The sample includes all elderly adults (ages 65 and older) in the U.S. noninstitutionalized population.

Working Paper 17003: Reconciling Medical Expenditure Estimates from the MEPS and NHEA, 2012 This Working Paper reconciles health care expenditure estimates for 2012 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) with those from the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA). The results assist researchers in adjusting the MEPS to be consistent with the NHEA so that the projected impacts of any policy change, as well as budgetary and tax implications, are consistent with national health spending estimates.

Research Findings 39: Ambulatory Care Use and Expenditures among Non-Elderly Veterans, 2011-2015 This Research Findings report examines ambulatory care use and expenditures among non-elderly Veterans ages 18-64 in the U.S. noninstitutionalized population using pooled data from 2011 through 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Mean number of ambulatory care visits as well as estimates of total expenditures and sources of payment for these visits are presented for three groups of Veterans based on use of ambulatory care. Veterans' use of ambulatory care is categorized as follows: 1) use of only VA ambulatory care; 2) use of only non-VA ambulatory care; and 3) use of both types of ambulatory care.


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