About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for COMPARATIVE HEALTH INSURANCE (309.670.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Course Description

Reviews the organization and financing of health systems in middle and high-income countries – focusing on population coverage, in terms of both how different groups are covered and the benefits package provided. Begins with a conceptual framework of financing flows in the health sector, and proceeds to identify a series of topics and case studies as the subject of specific lectures. Explores in depth the principal models for population coverage – including national health insurance, national health service, social insurance, private insurance, and mixed hybrid models. Provides case studies of health insurance coverage in specific countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Chile – with lessons drawn for transitional countries interested in expanding health insurance coverage.

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Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to (1) Describe the financing flows underpinning access to and delivery of health care services; (2) List the differences in financing and coverage of health care services among countries at different levels of income and development; 3) Discuss the appropriate role of government in the health sector, and the options for coordinating financing and coverage between the public and private sectors; (4) Analyze options in a variety of countries and settings and make informed recommendations for how countries could reform their health insurance and coverage.

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Course Time

Mon Wed   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

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Course Faculty
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Intended Audience

masters and doctoral students with a focus on health systems financing and coverage

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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: paper, final exam and class participation

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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Administrative Contact

Gerard Anderson
E-mail: ganderso@jhsph.edu

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