National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Population Characteristics and Person-level Utilization, Rounds 1-4 [Public Use Tape 13] (ICPSR 9695)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The Household Survey is one of the three major components of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES). (The other two components are the Survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives [SAIAN] and the Institutional Population Component.) Like its predecessors, the 1987 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. The Household Survey (HS) 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 use of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. Public Use Tape 13 (PUT 13) contains full-year 1987 person-level characteristics and utilization data collected in Rounds 1-4 of the HS. The tape is intended to serve as the base tape for all other public use tapes with full-year HS data. It contains detailed information on eligibility status and survey administration variables for all persons in the HS sample. There are two person-level data files in PUT 13. Part 1 contains both edited and constructed variables describing demographic and family relationships, income, disability, employment, health insurance status, and utilization data for all of 1987. Part 2 contains the original unedited versions of the edited variables in Part 1, as well as imputation flags for the edited and constructed variables in Part 2. Full identifier variables and weight and variance estimation variables are included in both files.

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: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS AND PERSON-LEVEL UTILIZATION, ROUNDS 1-4 [PUBLIC USE TAPE 13]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    employment, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, household composition, insurance coverage, medical care, payment methods, population characteristics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-01-01--1987-12-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986--1988

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The age distribution at Round 4 includes 0-22 years (N = 12,436), 23-54 years (N = 14,457), 55-64 years (N = 3,023), and 65+ years (N = 5,546). The racial/ethnic distribution includes American Indian and Alaskan Native (N = 340), Asian/Pacific (N = 576), Black (N = 8,499), and White (N = 27,221). Additional documentation containing data collection instruments, data collection methods, and variance estimation programs is available from ICPSR on request.


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 was based on a separate screening interview conducted in the fall of 1986 with a sample of 36,000 addresses. The special policy interest groups include poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, and Black and Hispanic minorities.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File QU9695.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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