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Health insurance plan 6: Plan pays some or all of surgical bills

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For persons in families with at least six private insurance plans, HI6SURG indicates whether the sixth plan mentioned paid for surgical bills.

Data Collection Process

Details about the characteristics of insurance plans (such as HI6SURG) reflect plans for any family member in the household. In order to determine if the person (rather than someone else in the family) was covered by this plan, analysts should use the variable HI6PCOV (Health Insurance Plan 6: Person's Coverage Status), which indicates whether the person was covered by the plan.

Information was collected on up to six plans in 1983.


Users may also want to see the variables HI1SURG through HI5SURG. Likewise, the variables HI1PCOV through HI6PCOV indicate coverage status for each plan.

Related variables

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Definitions of Private Coverage

Private insurance for 1980 to 1989 was indicated by report of coverage by a health insurance plan that pays for any part of a hospital, doctor, or surgeon's bill (or dentist's bill for 1989 and 1986). Single service plans were not considered a form of health insurance, however; while interviewers explicitly told respondents not to include plans which pay only for accidents, respondents were not told to exclude other single service plans, and plans which paid extra cash for hospitalizations were considered a form of health insurance.


HI6SURG is comparable over time.

Apart from changes in the universe, there are no comparability issues with other "HI#SURG" variables. Using the prescribed IHIS weights eliminates comparability issues related to survey design. In 1989, interviewers stated, "Do not include plans that pay for only one type of service, such as nursing home care or accidents." Thus, the survey in 1989 includes more explicit instructions on the exclusion of single service plans. The 1989 Field Representative's Manual noted that such plans were a new and relatively rare form of insurance at the time.


  • 1983: Persons in quarters 3 or 4 covered by private health insurance that pays any part of hospital, doctor's or surgeon's bill (excluding plans that paid only for accidents).


  • 1983