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United States Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2009


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2009 - 12/2009
Series or system 
United States Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Health facility
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) collects data on the frequency of health services, prices and methods of payment for health services, the cost and coverage of health insurance, demographic information, and health status and conditions. The panel design of the survey consists of three rounds of interviewing over two calendar years, with each MEPS panel drawn from a subsample of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from the prior year.

MEPS includes three main components: 

• Household Component (HC): self-reported data on health care services, health care access, health status, conditions.

• Insurance Component (IC): health insurance information collected from employers of the respondents in the HC.

• Medical Provider Component (MPC): information collected from health care facilities including fees and charges for services and methods of payment.

Anemia, Appendicitis, Assets, Asthma, Bacterial skin diseases, Biopsy, Birth weight, Body mass index, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Catheters, Cellulitis, Cerebrovascular diseases, Chemotherapy, Child health care, Cholesterol tests, Circumcision, Clinical breast exams, Corrective lenses, Counseling, DTP vaccines, Decubitus ulcer, Dental care, Dental examinations, Dentists, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Diagnosis, Dialysis, Digestive diseases, Disability, Domestic migration, Eczema, Emergency care, Employment, Employment benefits, Ethnicity, Eye examinations, Family composition, Fluoride, Fungal skin diseases, Gall bladder and bile duct disease, Gastritis and duodenitis, Government health expenditures, HIV and AIDS, Health care access, Health care personnel, Health care prices, Health care services, Health care use, Health facilities, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Heart failure, Height, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis B vaccines, Home care, Hospices, Hospitals, Hours worked, Hypertension, Hysterectomy, ICD-9, Imaging equipment, Immunization, Income, Infectious diseases, Influenza vaccines, Inguinal and femoral hernia, Injuries, Insulin, Interventions, Ischemic heart disease, Limited mobility, Live births, MMR vaccines, Marital status, Maternal care, Maternal hemorrhage, Medical equipment, Medical tests, Medicines, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Migraine, Mobility aids, Musculoskeletal diseases, Noncommunicable diseases, Noninfective inflammatory bowel disease, Nurses, Nursing homes, Nutritional deficiencies, Occupational injuries, Occupational risk factors, Occupations, Oral conditions, Orthopedic devices, Otitis media, Pain, Pancreatitis, Pap smears, Peptic ulcer disease, Personal health expenditures, Pharmacies, Physical examinations, Physical therapists, Place of delivery, Poisonings, Polio vaccines, Postnatal care, Pregnancy, Preterm birth, Private social assistance, Prostheses and implants, Pruritus, Psoriasis, Public social assistance, Race, Radiation therapy, Rehabilitation, Rose Angina Questionnaire, STDs, School enrollment, Screening mammography, Sense organ diseases, Skilled birth attendants, Skin diseases, Stillbirths, Stroke, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Taxes, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Ultrasound, Unintentional injuries, Upper respiratory infections, Urticaria, Vascular insufficiency of intestine, Viral skin diseases, Vision loss, Weight, X-rays