Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) produces nationally representative estimates of health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, insurance coverage, and quality of care for the United States civilian noninstitutionalized population. The survey features several rounds of interviewing covering 2 full calendar years. MEPS consists of three components: (1) the Household Component, a nationally representative survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population; (2) the Medical Provider Component, which collects data from medical care providers and facilities reported as providing care to persons interviewed in the Household Component; and (3) the Insurance Component, which collects data on the types and costs of workplace health insurance.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health United States 2009: With Special Feature on Medical Technology. Hyattsville, Maryland. 2010; pp 454-455.