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Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course

Selected Web sites – Health Care Economics Research

This section links you to useful health economics resources on the Web.

Bureau of Labor Statistics.  U. S. Department of Labor.  Data Home

Price and expenditure data.  Retrieve statistics, create tables. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Programs and Surveys Home

Program and survey documentation,  detailed statistics, FAQS, contact information.

Bureau of Primary Health Care – Health Resources and Services Administration.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Includes databases on medically underserved, health professional shortages, others.

County Health Rankings & Roadmap - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

Community Tracking Study Series - Center for Studying Health System Change

Community Reports provide information and insights about developments in the 12 communities that HSC is studying intensively over time to better understand the changing health system and variations across markets.

The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan research organization and “seeks to provide objective, incisive analyses that lead to sound policy and management decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public.

Consumer Expenditure Survey - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Details of consumer health care expenditures

Consumer Price Indexes - Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.

Current Population Survey – U.S. Census Bureau

Annual Demographic Survey (March CPS Supplement) includes health insurance coverage.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

“The Atlas project brings together researchers in diverse disciplines - including epidemiology, economics, and statistics - and focuses on the accurate description of how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States.

Data Navigator* - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

“The purpose of the Data Users Reference Guide is to introduce health care data users to the Medicare and Medicaid program data maintained by CMS.”  Details of raw data files, intended for use by researchers and analysts.

Directory of Data Resources* - Department of Health and Human Services

“a compilation of information about virtually all major data collection systems sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …”

Finding and Using Health Statistics:  A Self Study Course** - National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

A very useful interactive tutorial.

HCUPnet– Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project  - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

“…national statistics and trends and selected State statistics about hospital stays.”

Health Economic Resources on the Internet – University of York

Some full text journals, annotated list of links

Health Economics and Decision Science - University of Sheffield

A research and education center for health care resource allocation decision-making working with both international and UK-based public and private agencies.

The Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) – National Committee for Quality Assurance

Performance measures for managed health care plans for purchasers and consumers.  

Health Economics Research Unit – University of Aberdeen

Abstracts of research, links to sites and more

Health Policy Center – Urban Institute

“…primarily concerned with issues related to how the dynamics of the health care market affect health care financing, costs, and access.”

Health Statistics – University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System

Useful annotated list.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

A membership-based organization with over 400 member colleges and Universities around the world.  Maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data, including Health and Medical Care Archive. Some datasets are publicly available. The site includes access and contact information for members and non-members.

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts Online

Up-to-date health data on all 50 states, including demographic data and the economy, health status, health care costs, budgets, financing, and health insurance

Knowledge @ Wharton  (select Health Economics)

“…a bi-weekly online resource that offers the latest business insights, information and research from a variety of sources.  Includes interviews with industry leaders and Wharton faculty, articles based on the most recent business research, book reviews, conference and seminar reports…”  Full text of faculty working papers available. Free, but registration required. (Direct link)

Leonard David Institute of Health Economics – University of Pennsylvania

A cooperative venture among Penn’s schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Wharton. Description of research programs, full text of LDI Issue Briefs.

Medical Expenditures Panel Survey -  Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

 “…data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of private health insurance held by and available to the U.S. population.”

“The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare”

National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO)

“NAHDO is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening the nation's health information system.” The site contains full text of current articles, as well as association news and information.

National Center for Health Statistics

NCSH is the nation’s primary agency for vital and health statistics.  Includes data on health status, use of health care, lifestyle, as well as on illness and disability.

National Health Expenditure Data (CMS)

Comprehensive annual data on all national expenditures related to health care.

National Vital Statistics System – National Center for Health Statistics

Data on births, deaths, marriages, fetal deaths.

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council

(note:  many states have similar Web sites)
Financial and performance analysis of hospitals, reports on health plans, benefits and care issues, and more.

Researchers (Information For) - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, [formerly, Health Care Financing Administration – HCFA]

Downloadable Public Use Data Files on providers, costs, payments. Detailed statistics on Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP.  National Health Care Expenditures.  And more…

Resource Center  – American Hospital Association 

Fast facts, statistics, studies, and links.  Useful search feature.  

State Database – Urban Institute – New Federalism

“This database includes information on the fifty states and the District of Columbia in areas including income security, health, child well-being, demographic, fiscal and political conditions, and social services.”

WHO Global Health Observatory – World Health Organization

“Health and health-related statistical information from the WHO Global Programme on Evidence for Health Policy”

World Health Report 2020 – World Health Organization

Global report on health data systems and capacity
Full text in PDF format.


Bolded entries  - mentioned in presentation
* - documentation/guide
** - recommended tutorial
*** - finding aid

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Last Reviewed: October 21, 2021