Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

Topic/focus: Cost and Utilization, Healthcare Facilities and Services
Year(s): 1996 - 2011
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Study and sample characteristics: Survey data
Universe: Households, employers, and medical providers
Variables: Over 200
Access: Publically available (restricted use data only at AHRQ Data Center)
Cost: Free
Key web links: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which began in 1996, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.), and employers across the United States. MEPS collects data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of health insurance held by and available to U.S. workers.