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Study Report

Study Number: QG-015-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1977

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: National medical care expenditure survey, 1977: health insurance/employer survey data.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Services Research  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8627

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable and microfiche codebook.

Abstract: 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.

SOURCE: personal and telephone interviews

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

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.

NOTE: 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.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation.

DATA TYPE: survey data




FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Services Research and the National Center for Health Statistics.

SUBJECT TERMS: cost of living. dental care. expenditures. financial affairs. health. health facilities. hospitals. insurance. medical care and histories. personal finances. physicians. socioeconomic indicators. United States.


Cohen, S.B. and W.D. Kalsbeek. ``National Medical Care Expenditure Survey: Estimation and Sampling Procedures in the NMCES Insurance Surveys.'' Instruments and Procedures Series, 3, DHHS Publication No. (PHS) 84-3369. This publication is included in the documentation.

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