For all persons, OPPREXPT captures the sum of direct payments for "separately billing doctor," or SBD, expenses associated with all visits to outpatient medical providers during the year, including out-of-pocket payments and payments by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other sources. 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.
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.
OPPREXPT is a 6-digit numeric variable.
ComparabilityThe comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.
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