For current RU members in round 2 and 4 who go to the hospital as a usual source of care (USCMEDTYP), WHYUSCHOSP reports the main reason why the person uses the hospital as their primary source of care. WHYUSCHOSP is collected as part of the Access to Care supplement, which gathers information on usual source of care for all family members, characteristics of usual source of care health providers, and barriers family members have faced in obtaining needed health care.
Codes and Frequencies
In all years other than 1996, the question is 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.
- 1996: Current RU members in round 2 who go to hospital as a usual source of care (USCMEDTYP), excluding members who are deceased or institutionalized.
- 1999-2001: Current RU members in rounds 2 and 4 who go to hospital as a usual source of care (USCMEDTYP), excluding members who are deceased or institutionalized.
- 1996, 1999-2001
- 1996, 1999-2001 : PERWEIGHT