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HPPRCHT
Annual total charges for separately billed doctor expenses for hospitalizations

Description

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

For all persons, HPPRCHT captures the sum of fully established charges for "separately billing doctor" or SBD expenses associated with inpatient hospital visits made during the year. SBD expenses include services provided to patients in hospital settings by providers like radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists, whose charges are often not included in hospital bills. 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

HPPRCHT 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

  • 1996-2016

Weights

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