National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

Investigator(s): National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment

The National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) series provides information on health expenditures by or on behalf of families and individuals, the financing of these expenditures, and each person's use of services. The first set of surveys, the NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY (NMCES), was carried out in 1977 by the National Center for Health Services Research (now called the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research). In 1980 the NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE UTILIZATION AND EXPENDITURE SURVEY, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Health Care Financing Administration, significantly extended the series. The 1987 NMES, conducted by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, gathered still more detailed information on health expenditures through the use of several component surveys. The first is a Household Survey based on a national probability sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. The second component of the 1987 NMES, the Institutional Population Component, is a survey of nursing/personal care homes and facilities for the mentally retarded and residents admitted to those facilities. The third component is the Survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives (SAIAN), which sampled American Indians and Alaska Natives, living on or near federal reservations, who were eligible to receive care from the Indian Health Service. Data from the interview rounds and special topic surveys are released as separate public use tape collections. Records in the NMES Household, Institutional, and SAIAN components can be linked with records in other surveys from the same component.

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2007
National Center for Health Statistics . Health, United States, 2007. With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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2006
Alecxih, Lisa . Nursing Home Use by 'Oldest Old' Sharply Declines. Falls Church, VA: The Lewin Group.
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2005
Cornman, Jennifer C.,  Freedman, Vicki A.,  Agree, Emily M. Measurement of assistive devide use: Implications for estimates of device use and disability in late life. Gerontologist. 45, (3), 347-358.
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2004
French, Eric,  Jones, John Bailey . The Effect of Health Insurance and Self-Insurance on Retirement Behavior. Chestnut Hill, MA: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
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2003
Crocker, Keith J.,  Moran, John R. Contracting with limited commitment: Evidence from employmnet-based health insurance contracts. RAND Journal of Economics. 34, (4), 694-718.
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2003
Snowden, Ceclia B.,  Miller, Ted R.,  Jensen, Alan F.,  Lawrence, Bruce A. Costs of Medically Treated Craniofacial Conditions. Public Health Reports. 118, (1), 10-17.
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2002
Kennedy, Jae . Disability and Aging - Beyond the Crisis Rhetoric: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. 12, (4), 226-228.
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2002
Olfson, Mark,  Marcus, Steven C.,  Druss, Benjamin,  Elinson, Lynn,  Tanielian, Terri,  Pincus, Harold Alan . National trends in the outpatient treatment of depression. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. 287, (2), 203-209.
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2000
Fronstin, Paul . Counting the Uninsured: A Comparison of National Surveys. EBRI Issue Brief. 225, Washington, DC: Employee Benefit Research Institute.
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2000
Ketsche, Patricia G. The effect of the tax subsidy on risk pooling in the employment-based health insurance market. Dissertation, Georgia State University.
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