Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Access to Care, Calendar Year 1992: [United States] (ICPSR 6332)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Care Financing Administration


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This data collection is the second in a series of data releases from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) relating to beneficiary access to medical care. The MCBS is a continuous, multipurpose survey of a representative sample of the Medicare population, both aged and disabled. Sample persons are interviewed three times a year over several years to form a continuous profile of their health care experience. Interviews are conducted regardless of whether the sample person resides at home or in a long-term care facility, using the questionnaire version appropriate to the setting. The MCBS also collects a variety of information about demographic characteristics (date of birth, sex, race, education, military service, and marital status), health status and functioning, access to care, sources of and satisfaction with care, insurance coverage, financial resources, and family supports. The 1992 interview data were collected during September through December of 1992, the fourth round of data collection. The 1992 data are designed to stand alone for cross-sectional analysis, or they can be used for longitudinal analysis. Weights are provided for both cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Care Financing Administration. Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Access to Care, Calendar Year 1992:  [United States]  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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In preparing the data for this collection, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has removed all direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, HCFA requires, under Section 1105(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C., Section 1306(a)) and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C., Section 552a(1)(3)), that data collected by the HCFA not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. HCFA further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that HCFA be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.



On March 13, 1997, the HCFA withdrew the billing records data (Parts 25-30) from distribution.

Respondents were sampled from the Medicare enrollment file to be representative of the Medicare population as a whole and by age group: under 45, 45-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 and over. Because of interest in their special health care needs, the oldest old (85 and over) and the disabled (64 and under) were oversampled to permit detailed analysis of these subpopulations. The sample was drawn from 107 primary sampling units (PSUs). The 1992 Round 4 data include interviews for 10,388 persons who were interviewed in 1991 and for 1,995 new people added to the survey during the current round. The 1992 supplementary sample included newly enrolled beneficiaries, as well as previously enrolled beneficiaries who were included to improve coverage or to maintain the desired sample size.

Medicare beneficiaries.

personal interviews and HCFA's national claims history database (NCH)

survey data, and administrative records data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 25 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1997-04-22 Part 7 (Health Status and Functioning Record File) and Part 11 (Health Insurance Record File) have been resupplied by the principal investigator to correct several variables. In addition, the billing records data (Parts 25-30) were withdrawn from distribution by the principal investigator.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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