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Annual total of direct health care payments from private insurance and TRICARE to office-based physician assistants


For all persons, OBPAEXPTR captures the sum of direct payments made by private health insurance (OBPAEXPR) and TRICARE (OBPAEXTR) for care from office-based physician assistants. 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.

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.


OBPAEXPTR is a 6-digit numeric variable.


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 2007-2016: All persons.


  • 2007-2016



This variable has no flags.