Competition and efficiency in the end stage renal disease program

J Health Econ. 1983 Aug;2(2):95-118. doi: 10.1016/0167-6296(83)90001-2.


Estimated coefficients for medical service production or cost functions are subject to a 'competitive amenity bias' which may result in the failure to identify factors that affect economic efficiency. Our investigation of productivity of dialysis facilities did indeed indicate both the likelihood of bias and some qualitative results. These results suggest that it will be difficult to estimate cost and that variation in the level of reimbursement will, in competitive markets, affect the level of amenity delivered to patients. Incurred cost, amenity, and patient well-being will all vary positively with the reimbursement level. Determining the 'right' level of reimbursement requires a policy decision on how much total amenity society wishes to deliver to beneficiaries of public programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Economic Competition
  • Efficiency
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health, Reimbursement*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • National Health Programs / economics*
  • Renal Dialysis / economics*
  • United States