Years Available
1977 and 1987 (National Medical Care Expenditure Surveys); 1996 to present (MEPS)
Annual since 1996
Mode of Collection
Sample surveys. Household component: in-person interview; Insurance component: telephone interview or mail questionnaire; Medical component: telephone interview or record abstraction.
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) produces nationally representative estimates of health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, insurance coverage, and quality of care for the United States civilian noninstitutionalized population. The survey features several rounds of interviewing covering 2 full calendar years. MEPS consists of two major components: (1) the Household Component, a nationally representative survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population; and (2) the Insurance Component, which collects data from employers on the types and costs of workplace health insurance. MEPS also includes a Medical Provider Component, which collects data from medical care providers and facilities reported as providing care to persons interviewed in the Household Component. Its purpose is to supplement or replace information received from Household Component respondents.
Population Covered
U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population.