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National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Hospital Stays Data [Public Use Tape 14.4]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Medical Expenditure Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
employment; families; health care costs; health care services; health expenditures; health insurance; health services utilization; hospitalization; hospitals; household composition; insurance coverage; medical care; payment methods
  • Abstract

    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 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 uses of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. The data on Public Use Tape 14.4 provide information on hospital stays, the major reason reported by household respondents for admission and related conditions, length of stay, medical procedures performed, cost of services, and means of payment. These data were collected in the four rounds of interviews and in the NMES Medical Provider Survey, a survey designed to reduce the potential bias in medical expenditure estimates derived solely from data provided by household respondents. The data file contains one record per hospital stay for each eligible person in the Household Survey who reported at least one stay during 1987.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Data File
    • DS2: Technical and Programming Information and Data Dictionary
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-01-01 / 1987-12-31
    Time period: 1987-01-01--1987-12-31
  • 1986 / 1988
    Collection date: 1986--1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States.
The Household Survey sample used a stratified multistage area probability design. Approximately 35,000 individuals in 14,000 households completed all rounds of data collection. Oversampled population subgroups include poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, Blacks, and Hispanics.
Collection Mode
  • The records in this data file can be linked with records from all other NMES Household Survey Public Use Tape data files.

2006-03-30 File CB9840.VOL1.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2006-03-30 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9840 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Miller, Ted R., Lestina, Diane C.. Patterns in US medical expenditures and utilization for injury, 1987. American Journal of Public Health.86, (1), 89-93.1996.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.86.1.89 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (1993): National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Hospital Stays Data [Public Use Tape 14.4]. Version 1. National Medical Expenditure Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.