Spring for 2017-2018
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental issues in health economics and health services research related to health care demand. In the first part of the course, models are developed to analyze the demand for health and medical care, health production and health behaviors. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of insurance in affecting the market for medical care by analyzing employment-based insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the problems of the uninsured and underinsured. The second part of the course uses these theoretical foundations to evaluate the key health policy issues in the United States, including the Affordable Care Act. Students will read a variety of articles ranging from classic analyses in health economics and health services research to up-to-date current analyses. By the end of the course, students should be able to think critically about the key health policy issues related to health care costs and health care access.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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