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MEPS Topics: Medical Expenditures
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Medical Expenditures
Description: 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.
Data tables: For tables specifically on medical expenditures, go to the Expenditures by Health Care Service, Expenditures by Medical Condition, and State-Level Medical Expenditures tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: 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.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: The Nation's 10 Most Expensive Medical Conditions 00:53 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Report on the Cost of Having a Baby 00:51 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: The Cost of Treating Adults with Diabetes 00:57 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Reconciling Medical Expenditure Estimates from the MEPS and NHEA, 2012 
Working Paper #17003 
Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Adults with Health Care Expenses for Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014 
Statistical Brief #498 
Concentration of Health Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014 
Statistical Brief #497 
Characteristics of Persons with High Health Care Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014 
Statistical Brief #496 
National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014 
Statistical Brief #493 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Distributions by Type of Service and Source of Payment, 2013 
Statistical Brief #491 
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013 
Statistical Brief #487 
Health Expenditures for Adults by Number of Treated Chronic Conditions, Race/Ethnicity, and Age, 2012 
Statistical Brief #485 
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 
Trends in National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996-2012 
Statistical Brief #466 
Trends in National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Percentages by Type of Service and Source of Payment Within Age and Insurance Groups, 1996-2012 
Statistical Brief #465 
National Health Care Expenses Per Person in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #457 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Distributions by Type of Service and Source of Payment, 2012 
Statistical Brief #456 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2011 
Statistical Brief #441 
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly, Age 65 and Over: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #429 
Trends in Health Care Expenditures for Children under Age 18: 2001, 2006, and 2011 
Statistical Brief #428 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #425 
Differentials in the Concentration in the Level of Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2011 
Statistical Brief #423 
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