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RXEXPTOT
Sum of direct payments made during the year for prescribed medications

Description

[ PRELIMINARY VARIABLE: Variable description may change once we confirm the universe and assess the comparability of this variable over time. ]

For all persons, RXEXPTOT captures the sum of direct payments made during the year for prescribed medications, including out-of-pocket payments and payments by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other sources. 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 information about prescription medications, please refer to our user note on Collection of Information about Prescription Medications.

Related variables
Variables related to total annual prescription medication expenditures by source of payment are also available. Please refer to our user note on expenditures for a list of these variables.

Codes

RXEXPTOT is a 6-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

The comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.

Universe

The universe for this variable has not yet been confirmed.

Availability

  • 1996-2018

Weights

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