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HPPREXPR
Annual total of direct health care payments from private insurance 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, HPPREXPR captures the sum of direct payments made by private health insurance for "separately billing doctor," or SBD, expenses associated with all inpatient hospital visits during the year. SBD expenses include those for services provided to patients in hospital settings by providers like radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists, whose charges are often not included in hospital bills. 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 more information about how hospital expenditures are handled for inpatient stays that do not include an overnight stay or hospitalizations for the birth of a child, please refer to the description for HPEXPTOT.

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

HPPREXPR 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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