This public use file is one in a series of event-level public use files drawn from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC) and the Medical Provider Component (MPC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements and in SAS transport format, the Emergency Room Visits File provides detailed information on emergency room visits. Data are gathered from a nationally representative sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and can be used to make estimates of emergency room utilization and expenditures for calendar year 1996. Each record represents one, household-reported, emergency room visit reported during Rounds 1, 2, and 3. Emergency room visits reported in Round 3 and known to have begun after December 31, 1996, are not included on this file.
The Emergency Room Visits Public Use Data File consists of two event-level data files. File 1 contains characteristics associated with the emergency room visit, such as, the date of the visit, types of care and services received, types of medicine prescribed during the visit, condition codes, expenditures, and source of payment associated with the visit, and imputed expenditure variables. File 2 contains unimputed expenditure variables drawn from both the Household and Medical Provider Components for all emergency room visits on File 1.
For more information, see MEPS HC-014: 1996 MEPS HC Survey Data.