Effect of insurance on prescription drug use by ESRD beneficiaries.
Shih, Ya C
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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.
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