A fierce academic, social, political, and economic debate is raging about how healthcare systems should be organized. Policy experts want to learn from international best practices and apply ideas at home that have worked effectively elsewhere. This course will give you a firsthand understanding of how healthcare systems function throughout the world. We will study systems in the European countries, comparing and contrasting them with the US model. We will examine each model from economic, financial, and national and local public policy perspectives. Our findings will be linked with theories and empirical evidence to assess the quality of the healthcare systems from the point of view of efficiency and equity. Economic principles will be used to demonstrate why healthcare reforms may reach or fall short of the governments’ stated goals.
This course may also be registered as PSC 436.
Prereq: ECN 101 or ECN 203, or equivalent background in microeconomics
Semesters: Fall, Spring