Health Care Economics
The U.S. health care system continues to experience problems in the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services. Costs are increasing at unsustainable rates while fewer employers are offering health insurance to their employees. While the U.S. leads the world in money spent on health care, it ranks low on most measures of health status. This course will examine how economic analysis can be applied to health care. Students successfully completing this course will be able to: 1) understand economic theory and terminology as they relate to health care; 2) apply economic theory to health care problems and issues; 3) comprehend the interactions between both the private and public sectors in the struggle to find workable solutions to health care problems and issues; and 4) analyze and evaluate various health care policy proposals to determine feasible solutions. Prerequisite: ECO-203. Offered alternate spring terms.