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Title
Effect of insurance on prescription drug use by ESRD beneficiaries.
First Author
Shih, Ya C
Date of Pub
1999 Spring
Pages
39-54
Volume
20
Issue
3
Other Authors
N/A
Abstract
In this article the author reviews the prescription drug coverage policy in the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program and examines the relationship between secondary insurance status and the number of medications prescribed for dialysis patients who had Medicare as their primary payer. Negative binomial models were used to examine this relationship. Findings in this study indicate that the number of secondary payers has a significant impact on the number of prescription drugs received by Medicare ESRD patients. Further research is needed to determine whether Medicare beneficiaries without secondary insurance are obtaining fewer prescriptions than needed or if those with greater coverage are obtaining more than needed.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services : Adult : Aged : Demography : Dialysis : Drug Utilization/economics : Erythropoietin, Recombinant/economics/therapeutic use : Female : Health Care Financing Administration : Health Services Research : Human : Kidney Failure, Chronic/drug therapy/economics : Male : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : Middle Age : Patients/classification/statistics & numerical data : Poisson Distribution : United States
NTIS Number
PB2000-102916