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Table 3. Measures Available on Major National Health Care Surveys

Measure CPS MEPS-HC NHIS BRFSS CTS NSAF
Uninsurance
Uninsured, point in time   X X X X X
Uninsured, entire year X X X X X X
Ever uninsured prior year   X X X X X
How long uninsured   X X X X X
Health insurance
Source of coverage* X X X X X X
How long covered   X   X    
Health status
Self-assessed health status X X X X X X
Activity limitation/disability   X X X X X
Other   X X X X X
Health care utilization
Doctor visits   X X X X X
Emergency dept. visits   X X X X X
Inpatient stays or days   X X   X X
Preventive services   X   X X X
Other   X X X X X
Access to care
Usual source of care-type of place   X X X X X
Usual source of care-particular physician   X   X X  
Perceived barriers/unmet need   X X X X X
Satisfaction with care   X   X X X
Employment
Work status, current X X X X X X
Work status, past year X X X     X
Current full-time/part-time/temporary work X X     X X
Number of weekly hours usually worked X X X   X X
Type of industry or business X X     X X
Income and wealth
Combined family/household income X X X X X X
Received Social Security or SSI X X X     X
Received public assistance X X X     X
Received veteran's benefits X X X     X
Assets X X       X

* Typically Medicaid, Medicare, State Child Health Insurance Plan, employer or union, direct purchase from health insurer or HMO, military, VA, Indian Health Service, and others.

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