MEPS includes expenditures for eight types of medical events: hospital stays, emergency room visits, outpatient department visits, office-based medical provider visits, dental visits, home health care, other medical expenses, and prescription medicines. Expenditures for these events 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 addition to the tables, query tool, and publications below, person-level and event-level data files with medical expenditure variables can be downloaded for analysis.
You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for medical expenditures. Select from the variable subgroups in the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.