INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM Syllabus
Focuses on the organization, financing, and delivery of healthcare in the U.S. Contrasts the private and public sectors and examines the effects of market competition and government regulation. Examines the ways that medical providers are paid, and explores the major issues currently facing physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. Also discusses several potential small and large scale reforms to the U.S. healthcare system and evaluates their likely effects on healthcare spending, quality of care, and access to care.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Apply basic economic concepts related to health insurance coverage
- Explain how both private health insurance and public health insurance are financed
- Evaluate the ways in which private and public health insurers reimburse medical providers
- Assess private and public models of financing and delivery of healthcare services
- Analyze various aspects of the hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical drug sectors
- Explain how nonprofit status, competition, quality, and safety affect medical providers
- Identify the various determinants of access to care for low-income and vulnerable populations
- Evaluate how specific policy proposals will likely affect access to care and healthcare spending
- Critique how the political process affects how healthcare reform is undertaken in the U.S.
Graduate students looking to learn about the U.S. healthcare system.
Methods of Assessment
Students will be evaluated on an in-class written midterm exam and on an in-class written final exam
There are no prerequisites for this course.
The required textbook for this course is Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective (fifth edition), written by Paul Feldstein and published in 2011
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