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AMTHCHTOT
Annual total charges for health care from ambulatory occupational or physical therapists

Description

[ PRELIMINARY VARIABLE: Variable description may change once we confirm the universe and assess the comparability of this variable over time. ]

For all persons, AMTHCHTOT captures the sum of fully established charges for care received from ambulatory physical and occupational therapists during the year, excluding those for prescribed medicines. Ambulatory care visits are those that involve medical provider and hospital outpatient combined visits. This variable does not usually reflect actual payments made for services, which can be substantially lower due to factors such as negotiated discounts, bad debt, and free care. For more information on how MEPS collects expenditure and charge data, please refer to our user note on medical expenditures.

Related variables
Variables related to total annual health care charges by source of payment, total annual health care charges by type of medical service, and analogous information for health care expenditures are also available. Please refer to our user note on medical expenditures for a list of these variables.

Codes

AMTHCHTOT is a 6-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

The comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.

Universe

The universe for this variable has not yet been confirmed.

Availability

  • 1997-2016

Weights

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