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National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977: Health Insurance/Employer Survey, Benefit Data for the Privately Insured Population Under Age 65 (ICPSR 9076)

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The purpose of the NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY was to assess the cost and extent of health insurance coverage in the United States. This data collection, in particular, provides data on the coverage and benefits available through private health insurance companies. Data were collected through a survey of individuals in households and then verified through a survey of private health insurance companies and employers of the individuals. Types of information collected in the study include service coverage, deductibles, benefit reimbursement provisions, and benefit limitations.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment. NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY: 1977: HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYER SURVEY, BENEFIT DATA FOR THE PRIVATELY INSURED POPULATION UNDER AGE 65. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09076.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   employee benefits, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods, private health insurance

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977-01-01--1977-12-31

Date of Collection:  

  • 1977-01--1979-08

Universe:   Civilian, noninstitutionalized individuals under the age of 65 who have private health insurance.

Data Types:   aggregate data, and survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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 (ICPSR 8325) and National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977: Health Insurance/Employer Survey Data (ICPSR 8627). Information regarding private health insurance premiums of the U.S. population as a whole can be found in part one of ICPSR 8627.


Sample:   Four-stage national area probability random sampling.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and mailed surveys


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