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MEPS HC-206G: 2018 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File
Release date: June 2020

This public use data file is one in a series of event-level public use data files drawn from the 2018 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 Medical Provider Visits File provides detailed information on office-based medical provider 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 office-based medical provider utilizations and expenditures for calendar year 2018. Each record represents one household-reported office-based medical provider visit reported during the 2018 portion of round 3 and rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 22, as well as rounds 1, 2, and the 2018 portion of round 3 for Panel 23 of the survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2018). The Office-Based Provider Public Use Data File contains characteristics associated with the office-based visit, such as, date of the visit, time spent with the provider, types of treatment and services received, types of medicine prescribed, expenditures, and sources of payment associated with the visit.

Documentation PDF (588 KB) / HTML
Codebook PDF (202 KB) / HTML*
SAS Programming Statements TXT (39 KB)
SPSS Programming Statements TXT (11 KB)
STATA Programming Statements TXT (15 KB)

Data File, ASCII format ZIP (3.2 MB) / EXE (3.7 MB)
Data File, SAS transport format ZIP (3.6 MB) / EXE (4.1 MB)

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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