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Has any private plan with doctor choice

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HIPMDPICR is a recoded variable created the IPUMS NHIS staff, that indicates, for persons with at least one comprehensive private insurance plan, whether the person had a plan that allowed them to choose any doctor or instead had to choose from a specific list.

Data Collection Process

While information was consistently collected on up to four private plans per family, data are publicly available only for plans one and two beginning in 2004. Changes in the number of plans considered should have little effect on the results for HIPMDOPR.


Persons with three or more plans have a "yes" response to HIPRIVGT2 (available for 2004 forward). Analysis by IHIS staff indicates that a very small number of persons (less than 0.2 percent of the total number of individuals with private health insurance per year for 2004 to 2009) had three or more private insurance plans.

Survey text

In all years, the relevant survey question asked for each private plan was the following:

  • Under this plan, can {you/the family member(s) with this plan} choose ANY doctor or MUST {you/they} choose one from a specific group or list of doctors?
Definition of Private Insurance

While the definition of private insurance changed over time, these changes did not affect the detailed questions about the characteristics of private comprehensive insurance plans (in variables like HIPMDPICR). For a description of general changes in the definition of private health insurance during this period, see the variable description for HIPMDOPR and the User Note about "Changes in the Definition of Private Insurance."


HIPMDPICR is largely comparable over time. The variable universe and question wording were consistent, and changes in the number of private plans covered would have little effect, given the rarity of people with more than two private plans.

The back-editing of insurance data to correct respondents' misreporting of insurance type reduces the comparability of HIPMDPICR's data from before and after 1997.


Beginning in 1997, NCHS staff evaluated mismatches between verbatim insurance plan names and the type of coverage reported by respondents, and reclassified misreported cases into the proper category (e.g., from private insurance into Medicaid, or vice versa). (See HIPRIVATEE for a detailed description of the back-editing process.) Analysis by IHIS staff indicates that each year from 2004 to 2009, around 1.6 percent of respondents who reported having private insurance did not have private insurance.

For 1997 forward, details on private plan coverage, such as HIPMDPICR, reflect responses for which the coverage type was back-edited. Prior to 1997, respondents may have misreported what type of insurance they had, and these errors were not corrected. Users should thus exercise caution in comparing results for HIPMDPICR from before and after 1997.


  • 1992: Persons who are covered by a general health insurance plan (excludes single service plans)
  • 1993: Persons in quarters 3 and 4 covered by a general health insurance plan (excludes single service plans)
  • 1994-1996: Persons who are covered by a general health insurance plan (excludes single service plans)
  • 1998-2014: Persons who are covered by a general health insurance plan (excludes single service plans)


  • 1992-1996, 1998-2014