Course Details

Topics in Health Law Policy

Healthcare spending accounts for more than one-sixth of U.S. GDP, and an even larger fraction of government spending. Healthcare policy involves many politically divisive issues that involve the interaction among legal policy, our system of healthcare delivery, and the economics of healthcare delivery. How many people file for bankruptcy because they are uninsured and have large medical bills? How many people die or suffer disability because they don't have health insurance? Does a cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits reduce healthcare spending or attract physicians to a state that adopts such a cap. Do nonprofit hospitals behave differently than for-profit hospitals and if so, how? U.S. healthcare is uniquely expensive, by world standards. Is it also high quality, or only very expensive? How will the Affordable Care Act, which because partly effective in 2014 (it won't be fully effective until 2017) change the healthcare landscape. Most of these questions are empirical - theory does not provide a simple answer. This seminar will explore a set of important current topics in health policy, the empirical evidence and research methods used to examine these and other important questions in health law and policy. The course will begin with an introduction to the tools needed to understand and evaluate empirical research. We will then consider selected current topics in healthcare policy, including health insurance, medical bankruptcy, medical malpractice reforms, hospital ownership, and competition in healthcare markets.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 673


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Health Policy
Faculty: Black, Bernard (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 5

Spring 2015
Title: Topics in Health Law Policy
Faculty: Black, Bernard (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 12