To investigate the use of regression models to calculate disease‐specific shares of medical expenditures.
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 2000–2003.
Theoretical investigation and secondary data analysis.
Data Sources/Study Setting
Condition files used to define the presence of 10 medical conditions.
Incremental effects of conditions on expenditures, expressed as a fraction of total expenditures, cannot generally be interpreted as shares. When the presence of one condition increases treatment costs for another condition, summing condition‐specific shares leads to double‐counting of expenditures.
Condition‐specific shares generated from multiplicative models should not be summed. We provide an algorithm that allows estimates based on these models to be interpreted as shares and summed across conditions.
Data Collection/Extraction Methods