2011 Health Care Mail Survey (HCMS) Version 1.0

December 14, 2012

Version 1.0 of the 2011 Health Care Mail Survey (HCMS) final release data is now available.

The 2011 Health Care Mail Survey (HCMS) contains questions about health care including access, utilization, policy, and veteranís health services.

In December 2011, questionnaires were mailed to a subsample of HRS respondents (n=10,234). The field period for the 2011 HCMS was mid December 2011 through the end of May 2012. The subsample consisted of respondents who had given a 2010 core non-proxy interview on or before September 30, 2011 and who were not in the 2011 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS). About 10% of randomly selected households were removed from the sample, and an additional 20% of households were selected from those who gave a core interview and who were not in the 2011 CAMS. In the 20% of households and among coupled households, one respondent was randomly chosen to receive a HCMS questionnaire and the other was excluded from the HCMS sample. The intent of the latter selection criteria was to allow for assessing if inclusion of both spouses and inclusion of one spouse affects participation in the subsequent Core wave of the HRS.

The data file for the HCMS contains data for 7,652 respondents. The simple response rate for the study is 75 percent.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.