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National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Policyholders of Private Insurance: Premiums, Payment Sources, and Types and Source of Coverage [Public Use Tape 15] (ICPSR 9901)

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The 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) 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. Public Use Tape 15 is the first release of data from the Health Insurance Plans Survey (HIPS), a follow-up to the NMES Household Survey designed to verify health insurance status provided by the NMES Household Survey respondents as well as to provide supplementary information on private health insurance coverage. The Household Survey is one of the three major components of the 1987 NMES. (The other two components are the Survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives [SAIAN] and the Institutional Population Component.) The Household Survey was fielded over four rounds of personal and telephone interviews at four-month intervals. Baseline data on household composition, employment, and insurance characteristics were updated each quarter, and information on all uses of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. Public Use Tape 15 provides information on private health insurance in force at the end of calendar year 1987 for employment-related and other coverage of all policyholders in the United States noninstitutionalized civilian population. There are two data files, one for employment-related insurance and one for insurance that is purchased directly from insurance carriers or associations. Records on each data file contain selected person-level demographic information, such as age, sex, race, and religion of the respective policyholder, as well as characteristics of the policyholder's health insurance coverage and the provider of employment-related insurance.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: POLICYHOLDERS OF PRIVATE INSURANCE: PREMIUMS, PAYMENT SOURCES, AND TYPES AND SOURCE OF COVERAGE [PUBLIC USE TAPE 15]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09901.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   families, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, insurance coverage, insurance policies, medical care, payment methods

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1987

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987

Universe:   Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Records in these files enable linkage of policyholders to the personal and socioeconomic characteristics provided in the NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS AND PERSON-LEVEL UTILIZATION, ROUNDS 1-4 [PUBLIC USE TAPE 13] (ICPSR 9695).


Sample:   The Household Survey sample is a stratified multistage area probability design with a total sample of roughly 35,000 individuals in 14,000 households who completed all rounds of data collection. Oversampling of population subgroups of special policy interest included poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, and Black and Hispanic minorities. The HIPS sample included (1) all employers associated with jobs held by individuals at least 16 years old in the fourth round of the Household Survey, (2) the most recent employer of individuals not employed in Round 4 who were at least 21 years old, and (3) all sources of health insurance that were identified by sampled individuals as in force at the end of 1987.

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self-enumerated questionnaires


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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB9901.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 4 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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