The U.S. health care system is the most expensive system (per capita) on earth, often not particularly effective at improving health, and terribly controversial. The members of this course will produce a white paper explaining how it should be fixed. Over J-term we will discuss the major problems confronted by every national health care system: access, cost, and quality. We will examine and assess how the U.S. currently addresses those problems. Then student groups will work together to propose a plan to solve existing problems.
The first part of the course will include an introduction to the U.S. system and instruction in researching health law and policy. There will be some guest speakers. The second half of the course will include evaluation of reform proposals and group work to develop new proposals. Final grades will be based on class participation, presentations, completion of self-directed research modules, and both the group and individual work that goes into the final proposals.