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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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What's New Highlights
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.

MEPS summary tables for Prescribed Drugs have been updated to include 1996-2013 data. These online summary tables provide updated information about prescription drug use and expenditures by therapeutic class and drug.

New Data
AHRQ has released two new MEPS data files, the 2016 Home Health File (HC-188H) and the 2016 Full Year Medical Organizations Survey File (HC-187). The latter file provides information on the organizational and financial characteristics of the office-based usual source of care providers seen by MEPS responding sample persons in 2016. The Medical Organizations Survey was funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

This follows AHRQ's recent release of two MEPS data files containing 2016 data, the 2016 Dental Visits File (HC-188B) and the 2016 Other Medical Expenses File (HC-188C).

The twenty-second point in time data file has been added to the site; this public use data file is now available: MEPS 2017 P21R3/P22R1 Population Characteristics (HC-186).

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.