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USCPRTYP
Type of provider seen at usual source of care

Description

For all persons eligible for the Access to Care supplement (ACCESSELIG) who have a usual source of care provider (USUALPL) who is either a person, a person working in a facility, or was not ascertained (USCPRFAC), USCPRTYP reports the type of provider the person sees as their usual source of care provider. Prior to 2003, persons could choose from a set list or provider types. Beginning in 2003, additional categories are included as needed based on verbatim responses.

USCPRTYP is collected as part of the Access to Care supplement, which gathers information on barriers family members have faced in obtaining needed health care, the usual source of care for all family members, and characteristics of usual source of care health providers. For related variables and more information, please see USUALPL.

Notes about the Universe 

While investigating this variable for integration, IPUMS MEPS staff discovered some cases in which individuals who do not adhere to the stated universe have valid answers to USCPRTYP. In 1999, one individual is not eligible for the Access to Care supplement (ACCESSELIG), is out of universe for USUALPL, and indicated their usual source of care provider is a facility (USCPRFAC), but has a valid response to USCPRTYP. Additionally, in 2001, two individuals are eligible for the Access to Care supplement (ACCESSELIG), indicate having a usual source of care provider (USUALPL), and are out of universe for USCPRFAC, but have a valid response to USCPRTYP.

Codes and Frequencies



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Comparability

In all years other than 1996, the question was asked of persons in rounds two and four of data collection. No persons participated in round four of data collection in 1996, given the MEPS panel design. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.

Universe

  • 1996: Current RU members in round 2 with a usual source of care (USUALPL) whose provider is a person, a person in a facility, or was not ascertained (USCPRFAC), excluding members who are deceased or institutionalized.
  • 1999-2017: All persons eligible for the Access to Care supplement (ACCESSELIG) whose provider is a person, a person in a facility, or was not ascertained (USCPRFAC).

Availability

  • 1996, 1999-2017

Weights

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