Comparative Health Law Systems (Corbett)
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142
The escalating cost of health care and the limited coverage provided by the health system represent challenges to systems of law, regulation, and governance in the U.S. This course uses comparative analysis to address a series of questions to better understand the nature and extent of these challenges. It will ask the following questions. What are the forces that drive the U.S. health system and why have stakeholders in the health system been resistant to the adoption of Universal Health Coverage? What are the system dynamics that support high levels of spending on health care and high levels of consumption of health care services alongside health outcomes that are materially worse than in many other high-income countries? What role does the legal system play in supporting and regulating a health system that produces these high levels of spending and consumption alongside materially worse outcomes? The course uses comparative analysis to ask new and different questions about the dynamics of the U.S. health system by developing an understanding of the dynamics of other health systems. The goal of comparative analysis is not to advocate for the adoption of Universal Health Coverage, it is rather to map out some of the pathways for health care reform and the role of legal institutions in framing and instigating health care reform in the U.S.
Health Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.
"Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?" by Ezekiel Emanuel