Direct Medical Costs

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Lead Author(s): 

Charles G. Helmick, MD, CDC Team

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

MEPS provides estimates of actual medical expenditures, meaning money changing hands, rather than medical charges, which are based on what is originally billed but rarely paid in full. Thus, the term direct costs as used here reflects actual medical expenditures.


  • 2014

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