Reconciling medical expenditure estimates from the MEPS and the NHA, 1996.
Selden, Thomas M
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Arnett 3d, Ross H; Cohen, Joel W; Levit, Katharine R; McKusick, David; Moeller, John F; Zuvekas, Samuel H
This article compares 1996 estimates of national medical care expenditures from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
and the National Health Accounts (NHA). The MEPS estimate for total expenditures in 1996 was $548 billion; whereas the NHA
estimate for personal health care (PHC) in 1996 was $912 billion. Much of this apparent difference, however, arises from differences
in scope between MEPS and NHA - rather than from differences in estimates for comparably-defined expenditures. We adjusted
the NHA for differences in included populations and types of services covered, finding a much smaller difference between MEPS
and a comparably-defined NHA.