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Health Care Economics & Law (Meets 9AM-12Noon on Saturday, 6/21) (LAW-719Q-001)
Meets 6-9PM 6/16-19; 9AM-12PM 6/21
This course will examine how the Affordable Care Act and related health reform legislation attempts to slow rising health care costs. Slowing health care costs is one of the greatest domestic challenges of this century. Health care spending continues to outpace economic growth and is expected to account for 20% of the US economy by 2021. (By comparison, in 2010, other OECD countries spent on average about 9.5% of their GDP on health care.) Therefore, anyone who works on health care policy must understand the major economic theories upon which our current health care laws are based. This course will examine the extent to which current laws incorporate these theories and how these theories are applied to two discrete areas of health care reform: 1) health insurance coverage (both public and private) and 2) provider payment. We will discuss competing schools of thought in both of these areas of health reform, focusing in particular on the role economic arguments play (implicitly or explicitly) in major public policy debates. We will also discuss the changing role of economic analysis in the political process – particularly with regard to the Congressional Budget Office, as well as how economics impacts health care jurisprudence in these two areas. This is one of two courses that can be counted toward a Health Care Economics and the Law Course Series Certificate of Completion . Academic credit requirement: TBD.
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First Class Readings
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