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MEPS Topics: Health Care Disparities
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Health Care Disparities
Description: The Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 directed AHRQ to track "prevailing disparities in health care delivery as it relates to racial factors and socioeconomic factors in priority populations." The priority populations to be tracked are:
  • Minority groups
  • Low income groups
  • Women
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life care.

In addition, this legislation directs AHRQ to examine health care delivery in rural areas. Additional information on health care disparities is available in the annual National Healthcare Disparities Report which uses MEPS as one of its data sources.

Since demographic characteristics are collected in the MEPS-HC, health care disparities can be examined for any topics within the MEPS HC survey.

Data tables: Demographic and socio-economic status tables are available in an interactive format on the Household Component Summary Tables platform.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own tables.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Rising Health Care Costs 01:00 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Reported Diagnosis and Prescription Utilization Related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children Ages 5-17, 2008-2015 
Statistical Brief #514 
Insurance and Access to Care in Urban and Rural Areas, 2014-2015 
Statistical Brief #512 
MEPS Medical Provider Component Medical Organizations Survey:
Is a Linked Survey Strategy More Successful In Getting Office Based Medical Providers to Participate in a Survey?
Working Paper #17002 
Children's Usual Source of Care: Insurance, Income, and Racial/Ethnic Disparities, 2004-2014 
Statistical Brief #501 
Health Expenditures for Adults by Number of Treated Chronic Conditions, Race/Ethnicity, and Age, 2012 
Statistical Brief #485 
Expenditures for Trauma-Related Disorders among the Elderly and Non-Elderly, 2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #397 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 
Statistical Brief #396 
Expenditures for Heart Disease among Adults Age 18 and Older: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #393 
Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, by Firm Size, 2011 
Statistical Brief #390 
Expenditures for Trauma-Related Disorders, 2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #387 
Use of Ambulatory Care among Children, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #384 
Asthma Medication Use among Adults with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1998-1999 and 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #378 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Depression among U.S. Adults Age 18 and Older, Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #377 
Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Asthma in Adults, 1998 to 2009 
Research Findings #33 
Dental Procedures, United States, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #368 
Indicators of Health Care Quality by Income and Insurance Status among Individuals with a Usual Source of Care, 2009 
Statistical Brief #367 
Relative Importance of Poverty and Education in MEPS Weighting Adjustment 
Methodology Report #25 
Characteristics of Those Without Any Ambulatory Care Visits in 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population 
Statistical Brief #334 
Top 10 Most Costly Conditions among Men and Women, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population, Age 18 and Older 
Statistical Brief #331 
Patient-Provider Communication by Race/Ethnicity and Disability Status: United States, 2007 
Statistical Brief #312 
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