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.