HHE5135 Healthcare Economics and Politics
Can we create greater health with more access to quality health care? In this course we explore how and why our health care system has developed as a paradox of excess and deprivation. We consider the advantages and problems of national health insurance and examine medical systems in other industrial democracies as we identify the benefits and disadvantages of our American health care system. We look at the business trends that have pushed Americans to spend more on pharmaceuticals than the people in many other countries. We move beyond the issue of access to health care and into the question of access to what kind of health care and how we can change the orientation from disease treatment to health promotion.