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National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977: Health Insurance/Employer Survey Data (ICPSR 8627) RSS

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The purpose of the National Medical Care Expenditure Survey (NMCES) was to assess the cost and extent of health insurance in the United States. Information on health insurance coverage was obtained in a household survey, then verified and supplemented with information from the Health Insurance/Employer Survey (HIES). Insurance companies, employers, unions, and other organizations identified in the household survey as sources of private insurance coverage were asked to verify reported coverage, to provide information on each subscriber's coverage and its cost, the parties responsible for payment of premiums, and the availability of alternative or optional plans. This release includes two distinct datasets. One contains information for each individual respondent in the NMCES component on private health insurance status as verified in the HIES, and includes data on premiums and sources of premium payment. The other contains information for each individual respondent 65 years or older with private insurance as verified in the HIES, as well as information on the services covered by their private insurance benefits.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Private Insurance Status and Premium Data - Download All Files (16,720 KB)
DS2:  Private Insurance Benefit Data for the Population Age 65 and Older - Download All Files (7,060 KB)

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Services Research. National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977: Health Insurance/Employer Survey Data. ICPSR08627-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08627.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Services Research
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977

Date of Collection:  

  • 1977

Universe:   The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This is the third set of public use data to be released from the 1977 National Medical Care Expenditure Survey. Two previous data sets (see ICPSR 8325) have provided: (1) person-level data on sociodemographic characteristics, health status, access to care, household-reported health insurance coverage and use, expenditures, and sources of payment for medical and related services, and (2) event-level data on use and related conditions, expenditures, and sources of payment for this population. A fourth dataset, ICPSR 9076, contains data describing the private insurance benefits of each privately insured person under 65 in the sample. Data collection was done by Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina, and its subcontractors, National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago, and Abt Associates, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Sample:   The National Medical Care Expenditure Survey household sample was a national area probability sample of about 14,000 households selected through a four-stage process. Two national area probability samples were drawn independently and the final sampling units were drawn from them.

Data Source:

personal and telephone interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB8627.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 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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