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MEPS Topics: Health Care Costs/Expenditures
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Health Care Costs/Expenditures
Description: Health care costs (both charges and payments) are collected for all persons for each medical event they experience in the year, including the amount from each payment source. Charges are the dollar amounts asked ("charge") for a service by a health care provider. This is often different from the actual payments made to providers. Expenditure estimates are based on payments, not charges. More specifically, expenditures in MEPS are comprised of direct payments for care provided during the year, including out-of-pocket payments and payments by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other sources. In addition to the tables, query tool, and publications below, person-level and event-level data files with health care expenditure variables can be downloaded for analysis.
Data tables: For tables specifically on health care expenditures, go to the Total Medical Expenditures, Expenditures by Medical Condition, and State-Level Medical Expenditures table series of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for health care expenditures.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Most Costly Conditions - Men 01:00 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Most Costly Conditions - Women 01:00 (MM:SS)
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).
Characteristics and Health Care Expenditures of VA Health System Users versus Other Veterans, 2014-2015 (Combined) 
Statistical Brief #508 
Out of Pocket Health Care Expenses for Non-Elderly Families by Income and Family Structure, 2015 
Statistical Brief #507 
Concentration of Health Expenditures and Selected Characteristics of High Spenders, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2015 
Statistical Brief #506 
Dental Services: Use, Expenses, Source of Payment, Coverage and Procedure Type, 1996 - 2015 
Research Findings #38 
Comparing MEPS Use and Expenditure Estimates for the Privately Insured to Truven MarketScan® and OptumLabsTM Claims Data, 2008-2013 
Working Paper #17001 
Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses for Medical Services, by Insurance Coverage, 2000-2014 
Statistical Brief #500 
Trends in Enrollment, Offers, Eligibility and Take-Up for Employer-Sponsored Insurance: Private Sector, by State Medicaid Expansion Status, 2008-2015 
Statistical Brief #499 
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 
Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2014 
Statistical Brief #495 
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 
Expenses for Office-Based Physician Visits by Specialty, 2013 
Statistical Brief #484 
Experiences with Health Care Providers during Non-Emergency Care among Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #483 
Specialist Need and Access among Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #482 
The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2012-2013 
Statistical Brief #481 
Differentials in the Concentration of Health Expenditures across Population Subgroups in the U.S., 2013 
Statistical Brief #480 
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