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Annual total of direct health care payments from TRICARE to office-based physicians


For all persons, OBPHEXTR captures the sum of direct payments made by TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS) for care provided by office-based physicians during the year. Refer to the comparability tab for information on how the specific sources of payment included in OBPHEXTR change over time. 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.


OBPHEXTR is a 6-digit numeric variable.


This variable is mostly comparable over time. Prior to 2009, OBPHEXTR includes direct payments for health care from TRICARE, including CHAMPVA. Beginning in 2009, OBPHEXTR excludes direct payments from CHAMPVA; instead, direct payments from CHAMPVA are included in OBPHEXVA for 2009-forward.


  • 2000-2021: All persons.


  • 2000-2021



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