Trends of cost and mortality of patients on haemodialysis with end stage renal disease (pages 243–249)
Yu-Kang Chang, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Pei-Chun Chen, Yi-Shan Chen, Shang-Jyh Hwang, Tsai-Chung Li, Chiu-Ching Huang, Chung-Yi Li and Fung-Chang Sung
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/nep.12380
Summary at a Glance
This paper from Taiwan explores associations between fixed capitation payment introduced in a resource constrained health service and actual costs for health services. It shows improving trends in mortality across dialysis cohorts but a trend to increasing use of emergency services and other costs that may offset the fixed payment. Further studies are required to assess what factors contribute to these changes in costs and survival.