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OPPHPREXOS
Annual total of direct health care payments from other unclassified sources for separately billed services from outpatient physicians

Description

For all persons, OPPHPREXOS captures the sum of direct payments made by other unclassified sources, such as automobile, homeowner's, liability, and other miscellaneous or unknown sources, for "separately billing doctor," or SBD, expenses associated with all visits to outpatient physicians. 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.

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

OPPHPREXOS is a 6-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

This variable is completely comparable over time.

Universe

  • 1996-2021: All persons.

Availability

  • 1996-2021

Weights

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