For all persons, OPEXPVA captures the sum of direct payments made by the Veterans' Administration for outpatient care provided during the year. This includes payments for hospital facility expenses (including direct hospital care, including room and board, diagnostic and laboratory work, x-rays, and similar charges, as well as any physician services included in the hospital charge) and "separately billing doctor" or SBD expenses (including services provided to patients in hospital settings by providers like radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists, whose charges are often not included in hospital bills). Refer to the comparability tab for information on how the specific sources of payment included in EXPVAPAY 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.
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.
OPEXPVA is a 6-digit numeric variable.
This variable is mostly comparable over time. Prior to 2009, OPEXPVA includes direct payments for health care from the Veterans' Administration, excluding CHAMPVA and TRICARE. Beginning in 2009, OPEXPVA 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 OPEXPTRI.
- 2007-2021: All persons.
- 2007-2021 : PERWEIGHT