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National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • National Center for Health Services Research
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Medical Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
ambulatory care; dentists; health care access; health care costs; health care services; health expenditures; health insurance; health services utilization; health status; insurance coverage; medical care; payment methods; physicians; population characteristics
  • Abstract

    This study obtained data from respondents on their insurance status and on health services use and expenditures for 1977. The first dataset is person based and provides data on population characteristics, health status, access to care, health insurance coverage, and personal and family use, expenditures and sources of payment for medical and related services. The remaining four datasets are event based and provide variables related to hospital inpatient care, ambulatory physician and nonphysician care, and ambulatory dental care.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Person Record
    • DS2: Hospital Stay Event
    • DS3: Physician Event
    • DS4: Nonphysician Event
    • DS5: Dental Event
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1977
  • 1977 / 1978
    Collection date: 1977--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and District of Columbia.
National area probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • Event-based datasets for Parts 2 through 5 may be linked to person-level data in Part 1 by means of unique person identification numbers contained in each dataset. Other data files from the NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977 have been released by the ICPSR for public use. These include NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977: HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYER SURVEY, BENEFIT DATA FOR THE PRIVATELY INSURED POPULATION UNDER AGE 65 (ICPSR 9076) and NATIONAL MEDICAL CARE EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1977: HEALTH INSURANCE/EMPLOYER SURVEY DATA (ICPSR 8627). Information regarding private health insurance premiums of the United States population as a whole can be found in PART One of ICPSR 8627.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8325 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08325.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

National Center for Health Services Research (1985): National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, 1977. Archival Version. National Medical Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.