On the use of survival analysis techniques to estimate medical care costs.

@article{Etzioni1999OnTU,
  title={On the use of survival analysis techniques to estimate medical care costs.},
  author={Ruth Etzioni and Eric J. Feuer and Sean D. Sullivan and David Lin and C Hu and Scott D. Ramsey},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={1999},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={365-80}
}
Measurement of treatment costs is important in the evaluation of medical interventions. Accurate cost estimation is problematic, when cost records are incomplete. Methods from the survival analysis literature have been proposed for estimating costs using available data. In this article, we clarify assumptions necessary for validity of these techniques. We demonstrate how assumptions needed for valid survival analysis may be violated when these methods are applied to cost estimation. Our… CONTINUE READING

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