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As such, our 14% to 16% inconsistent rate for self-reports of dental coverage by 2002 HRS dental users is not strictly comparable with the 40% invalidation rate from the aforementioned 1977 NMCES study and could be even higher with similar validation.7 Apart from the considerably lower rate of self-reported dental coverage by the elderly in the NMCES sample (8.8%) compared with our HRS sample (38%), our studies also differed by the inclusion of near-elderly persons aged 55 to 64 in our study.
The first of the health expenditure surveys was the 1977 NMCES (Berk and Bernstein 1985; Cohen and Burt 1985).
The NMCES was a panel study that used a sample of approximately 14,000 households (U.S.
The MEPS instrument differed from the NMES and NMCES in that (1) household respondent data for each panel were collected over 2 consecutive years and (2) the survey was fielded continuously; a new panel was selected each year.
We were able to compare the data from the HIAA survey of employers with those of the NMCES and the EHICS.
However, we could not determine the sample size or the standard errors for the 1977 NMCES data and could not compare these statistics with the 1987 data in Tables I and 2.
During the 1977 NMCES, there was a strong correlation between the cost of the insurance and the percent the employer paid-the higher the proportion paid by the employer, the higher the overall premium cost.
The data used in our analysis come from a series of three household-based medical expenditure surveys sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research: the 1977 National Medical Care Expenditure Survey (NMCES), the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES), and the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).
Our measures are derived from an access to care supplement administered in each of the three surveys (in either Round 4 or 6 of the 1977 NMCES, in Round 3 of the 1987 NMES, and in Round 2 of the 1996 MEPS).
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