Health Care Policy in the United States
This course reviews the historic development of health policy in the United States and factors that affect future health policy initiatives. The course will examine critical healthcare policy issues facing the United States such as rising healthcare costs, quality of healthcare services, financing of the healthcare system, and adoption of new technologies. Students will learn the basic elements underlying financing, organization, and delivery of healthcare services including Medicare, Medicaid, access to healthcare, and the relationship between the public and private sectors on health policy. Upon completion of the course, students will understand how policy affects the development of health care legislation, and the process of political compromise and real world limitations upon the implementation of legislation.