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MEPS Topics: Doctor Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
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Doctor Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
Description: Doctor visits/use/events consist of encounters that take place primarily in office-based settings and clinics. Doctor visit expenditures include all direct payments by individuals, private insurance (including TRICARE), Medicare, Medicaid, and other sources such as the Veterans Administration, Workers' Compensation, and miscellaneous public sources to providers of the services. In MEPS, it is possible to distinguish doctor visits from nonphysician visits. Nonphysician visits are visits to chiropractors, midwives, nurses and nurse practitioners, optometrists, podiatrists, physician?s assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, technicians, and receptionists/clerks/secretaries. Doctor visits/use/events and expenditures are available as part of the Office-based Medical Provider and Hospital Outpatient event-level files. Information summarized to the person-level is available on the full-year consolidated files under the Household Full Year Files.
Data tables: For tables specifically on doctor visits/use/events and expenditures, go to the Expenditures by Health Care Service, the Office-Based Provider Visits columns of the Expenditures by Medical Condition, and State-Level Medical Expenditures tables of the HC Summary Data Tables. For tables on the quality of care received during office-based visits, go to the Quality of Care tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSNet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for doctor visits and expenditures. Select the Medical Provider Visits and the Hospital Outpatient Visits variables within the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013 
Statistical Brief #487 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Children, Ages 0-17, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #472 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #471 
Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #454 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
Use of Ambulatory Care among Children, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #384 
Use and Expenses for Office-Based Physician Visits by Specialty, 2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #381 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #355 
Expenses and Characteristics of Physician Visits in Different Ambulatory Care Settings, 2008 
Statistical Brief #318 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #229 
Differences in Access to Care for Non-Hispanic Asian and Non-Hispanic White Children, 2002-2005 
Statistical Brief #224 
Arthritis: Use and Expenditures among U.S. Adult Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #222 
Antidepressants Prescribed by Medical Doctors in Office Based and Outpatient Settings by Specialty for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #206 
Allergic Rhinitis: Trends in Use and Expenditures, 2000 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #204 
Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005 
Statistical Brief #203 
Variation in Ambulatory Health Care Visits and Visits for General Checkup by Demographic Characteristics and Insurance Status, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18-64, 2005 
Statistical Brief #201 
Demographics and Health Care Access and Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient Hispanics 
Research Findings #28 
Medical Expenditures of the Non-Elderly by Age and Insurance Status, 2004 
Statistical Brief #197 
Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenses for Shingles among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003-2005 
Statistical Brief #194 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #193 
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