TABLE 3.

Average Total Health Care Expenditures and Out-of-Pocket Expenditures by Disability Status: United States 1999 and 2000

All Services (SE)Hospital Inpatient Services* (SE)Physician Services (SE)Nonphysician Services (SE)ED Services (SE)Prescribed Medications (SE)Home Health Services (SE)Dental Services (SE)Other Services§ (SE)
Average total health care expenditures, $
 Disabled2,669 (163)670 (120.0)482 (32.4)173 (22.4)91 (10.9)321 (71.5)677 (185)175 (36)48 (4.0)
 Not disabled676 (16.8)90 (8.5)171 (10.0)45 (2.4)49 (3.7)64 (4.2)10 (2.9)228 (9.9)17 (0.6)
Out-of pocket expenditures, $
 Disabled297 (16.3)4 (1.3)69 (10.6)21 (2.2)9 (3.4)95 (17.9)2 (0.5)72 (19.5)19 (2.3)
 Not disabled189 (7.4)7 (2.4)31 (1.7)10 (0.8)6 (0.6)24 (1.5)<0.1 (<0.1)100 (4.8)12 (0.4)
Share of total expenditure paid out of pocket, %
 Disabled11 (0.9)0.6 (0.2)14 (2.4)12 (2.0)10 (3.9)30 (6.7)0.3 (0.11)67 (22.8)40 (5.9)
 Not disabled28 (2.2)8 (2.9)18 (1.4)22 (2.1)12 (1.5)38 (3.4)<0.1 (<0.1)76 (4.9)71 (3.4)
  • Source: 1999 and 2000 MEPS.

  • * Includes expenses for facility and separately billing doctor. Hospital facility expenses include all expenses for direct hospital care, including room and board, diagnostic and laboratory work, x-rays, and similar charges, as well as any physician services included in the hospital charge. Separately billing doctor expenses typically cover services provided to patients in hospital settings by providers such as radiologists, anesthesiologists, and pathologists, whose charges are often not included in hospital bills.

  • Includes expense for office-based and hospital outpatient visits to physicians. Expenses for hospital outpatient visits include expenses of facility and separately billing doctor.

  • Includes expenses for office-based and hospital outpatient visits to nonphysicians. Nonphysician visits include visits to the following types of providers: chiropractors, midwives, nurses and nurse practitioner, optometrists, podiatrists, physician's assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, technicians, receptionists/clerks/secretaries, and other medical providers.

  • § Includes expenses for vision aids, other medical supplies, and equipment.