Years Available
1991 - present
Mode of Collection
Sample survey: computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) in households and facilities. Proxy respondents may be used for institutionalized persons in poor health.
The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) produces nationally representative estimates of health status, health care use and expenditures, health insurance coverage, and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries. It is used to estimate expenditures and sources of payment for all services used by Medicare beneficiaries, including copayments, deductibles, and noncovered services; to ascertain all types of health insurance coverage and related coverages to sources of payment; and to trace processes over time, such as changes in health status and the effects of program changes. MCBS has two components: the Cost and Use file and the Access to Care file. Medicare claims are linked to the survey-reported events to produce the Cost and Use file, which provides complete expenditure and source of payment data on all health services, including those not covered by Medicare. The Access to Care file contains information on beneficiaries' access to health care, satisfaction with care, and usual source of care.
Population Covered
Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 years and older and beneficiaries ages 64 years and younger with eligible disabilities.