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DVOEXVA
Sum of expenditures paid for by the Veteran's Administration for orthodontic care received during the year

Description

For all persons, DVOEXVA captures the sum of direct payments made by the Veterans' Administration during the year for dental care provided by orthodontists. Payments for over-the-counter drugs and indirect payments not related to specific medical events, such as Medicaid Disproportionate Share and Medicare Direct Medical Education subsidies, are not included in this amount. For more information on how MEPS collects expenditure data, please refer to our user note on medical expenditures.

 

For a small proportion of sample persons, the sum of the general dentist (DVGTOTVIS) and orthodontist visit (DVOTOTVIS) variables may not be equal to the total number of dental visits. This result can only occur for persons who were reported to have seen both a general dentist and orthodontist in the same visit(s). When this occurred, expenditures for the visit were included as orthodontist expenses (DVOEXTOT) but not as general dentist expenses (DVGEXTOT).

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

Codes

DVOEXVA is a 6-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

This variable is mostly comparable over time. Prior to 2009, DVOEXVA includes direct payments for health care from the Veterans' Administration, excluding CHAMPVA and TRICARE. Beginning in 2009, DVOEXVA includes direct payments for health care from the Veterans' Administration, including CHAMPVA, but still excluding TRICARE. Direct payments for health care from TRICARE are captured in DVOEXTRI.

Universe

  • 1996-2016: All persons.

Availability

  • 1996-2016

Weights

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