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National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977 (ICPSR 8325)

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This study obtained data from respondents on their insurance status and on health services use and expenditures for 1977. The first dataset is person based and provides data on population characteristics, health status, access to care, health insurance coverage, and personal and family use, expenditures and sources of payment for medical and related services. The remaining four datasets are event based and provide variables related to hospital inpatient care, ambulatory physician and nonphysician care, and ambulatory dental care.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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DS1:  Person Record - Download All Files (56.1 MB)
DS2:  Hospital Stay Event - Download All Files (1.4 MB)
DS3:  Physician Event - Download All Files (19.7 MB)
DS4:  Nonphysician Event - Download All Files (5.1 MB)
DS5:  Dental Event - Download All Files (4.9 MB)

Study Description


National Center for Health Services Research. NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977. 2nd ICPSR release. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. National Center for Health Services Research [producer], 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08325.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   ambulatory care, dentists, health care access, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods, physicians, population characteristics

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977

Date of Collection:  

  • 1977--1978

Universe:   Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Event-based datasets for Parts 2 through 5 may be linked to person-level data in Part 1 by means of unique person identification numbers contained in each dataset. Other data files from the NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977 have been released by the ICPSR for public use. These include NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977: HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYER SURVEY, BENEFIT DATA FOR THE PRIVATELY INSURED POPULATION UNDER AGE 65 (ICPSR 9076) and NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977: HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYER SURVEY DATA (ICPSR 8627). Information regarding private health insurance premiums of the United States population as a whole can be found in PART One of ICPSR 8627.


Sample:   National area probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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