This public use data file is one in a series of event-level public use data files drawn from the 2019 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R programming statements a SAS transport file, a SAS V9 file, a XLSX file, and a Stata file, this public use file provides information on the purchase of and expenditures for visual aids, medical equipment, supplies, and other medical items for a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States and can be used to make estimates of the utilization and expenditures associated with medical items during the 2019 calendar year. This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in the 2019 portion of Round 3, and Rounds 4 and 5 for Panel 23, as well as Rounds 1, 2, and the 2019 portion of Round 3 for Panel 24 of the survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2019). Each other medical expense record includes the following: type of medical item obtained, imputed sources of payment, total payment and total charge for the medical item, and a full-year person-level weight. For more
details on loading MEPS PUFs into R, SAS, and Stata, please visit the
MEPS GitHub page.
*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.