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Health Law and Policy

This course will focus on a variety of current legal and policy issues in the financing and delivery of health care in the United States. A summary of course coverage includes the following:

- A comparative review of other countries’ delivery and payment laws and practices

- Identification of legal provisions which create or amplify continuing problems with Access to, and the Costs and Quality of health care in the US

- Recent efforts to address some of these problems - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and its current implementation

- The division (and overlap) of federal and state responsibilities/authority over payment for and the qualifications of individual and institutional health care providers

-  The central role of non-governmental entities in determining enforceable standards

- Constitutional and statutory implications for the “right to care”, or “to refuse care”, or to “die with dignity”

- The role and scope of Public Health, with its focus on population rather than individual health: Governmental legal powers, duties and limits

REQUIREMENTS: attendance and participation, comments on weekly readings, Project paper.

Students may meet the WIE requirement or the Capstone requirement.