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MEPS HC-188E: 2016 Emergency Room Visits File
Release date: June 2018

This public use file is one in a series of event-level public use files drawn from the 2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA program 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 utilizations and expenditures for calendar year 2016. Each record represents one, household-reported, emergency room visit reported during the 2016 portion of round 3 and rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 20, as well as rounds 1, 2, and the 2016 portion of round 3 for Panel 21 of the survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2016). The Emergency Room Visits Public Use Data File 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 sources of payment associated with the visit.

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Documentation PDF (334 KB) / HTML
Codebook PDF (100 KB) / HTML*
SAS Programming Statements TXT (46 KB)
SPSS Programming Statements TXT (15 KB)
STATA Programming Statements TXT (20 KB)

Data File, ASCII format ZIP (346 KB) / EXE (882 KB)
Data File, SAS transport format ZIP (408 KB) / EXE (944 KB)

Questionnaires — see Survey Questionnaires
*The PDF version of the codebook is recommended for printing; the HTML version is database driven and lets you navigate quickly to details on each variable.
**Right-click on the data file link, then select Save Target As or Save Link As to download the file.

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