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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Family Health Insurance Survey, 1993 (ICPSR 6894)

Principal Investigator(s): Long, Stephen H., RAND; Marquis, M. Susan, RAND


This survey investigated health insurance coverage, as well as access to and use of health services, in each of ten states. With the goal of remedying the previous lack of state-level data, the survey was conducted to aid in defining problems of insurance coverage and to analyze the impacts of states' policy options. The main unit of observation is the health insurance family, which includes the head, spouse, and their children up to age 18, or to age 23 if they were in school. Variables on health insurance coverage include the types of coverage respondents carried (Medicare, Medicaid, additional state or federal programs, and private policies), sources of private policy coverage, premiums paid for private policies, and number of months uninsured during the last year. Access to health care is measured by variables such as the type of usual health care provider, the amount of time it usually took to get to the doctor's office, and whether needed medical care was not received during the previous year. Variables on the utilization of health care include the number of overnight hospital stays, the number of visits to doctors, age at first DPT (diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus) shot, age at first oral polio immunization, and the number of months since the most recent breast exam and Pap smear. The survey also elicited self-reported health status and opinions on the health care system, gauged satisfaction/dissatisfaction with health services received, and gathered information on employment, income, education, migration, age, sex, marital status, race, Hispanic origin, and citizenship.

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    Dataset 2 (FIPS State and County Codes for Main Data File) is restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • Health and Medical Care Archive

    This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


DS1:  Main Data File - Download All Files (38.155 MB)
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DS2:  FIPS State and County Codes for Main Data File
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Study Description


Long, Stephen H., and M. Susan Marquis. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Family Health Insurance Survey, 1993. ICPSR06894-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-06-22.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    doctor visits, employment, families, health, health attitudes, health care, health care costs, health care delivery, health care expenses, health care facilities, health care services, health services utilization, Hispanic or Latino origins, household composition, households, income, insurance coverage, insurance policies, physician patient relationship, private health insurance

Geographic Coverage:    Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, United States, Vermont, Washington

Time Period:   

  • 1993--1994

Date of Collection:   

  • 1993--1994 (Last half of 1993 and early 1994.)

Universe:    Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data files for this collection are blank-delimited.

Part 1, Main Data File, is a person-level file with family-level variables repeated on each record.

The data files in this collection may be linked by common ID variables.


Sample:    Samples sufficient to produce approximately 2,000 families with completed interviews were drawn in each state. Families containing one or more Medicaid or uninsured persons were oversampled.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), face-to-face interview


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-04-22

Version History:

  • 2005-06-22 A SPSS setup file for Part 1 has been added to the collection and the SAS setup file has been enhanced.
  • 1999-12-29 A file with FIPS state and county codes, which can be merged with Part 1, Main Data File, has been added as Part 2. This file is restricted from dissemination. To obtain this file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a restricted data use agreement in accordance with existing servicing policies.
  • 1997-11-18 A report, "Data Cleaning Procedures for the 1993 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Family Health Insurance Survey," has been added to the documentation for this study. All documentation is now available as a PDF file.

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