Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Health Law (LAW-640-001)

Meets: 01:30 PM - 03:20 PM (TTh) - Room 402

Enrolled: 28 / Limit: 65

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This is a survey course focused primarily on how the law influences the delivery and financing of health care in the United States. We will particularly emphasize the use of law and policy tools to improve the quality of and access to health care. We will also briefly discuss bioethics, public health law, and comparative health law as alternative lenses for examining health issues. The course is designed for students who do not necessarily intend to specialize in health law but would like to explore health issues in a survey course. It also works well as a gateway to more sub-specialized health law course offerings for students interested in pursuing extensive health law study. Topics include: defining the meaning of “health” and understanding its exceptional importance to the functioning of individuals and communities; understanding the structure of the U.S. health system; health privacy, decision-making, and autonomy; civil liability of health care providers as well as regulatory and market-based approaches to improving the quality of health care delivery; the regulation of privately and publically financed systems as a means to improve access to health care and control costs; socio-economic disparities in health care and health outcomes; and law and policy approaches to ensure healthy living conditions.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The required casebook is FURROW, ET AL., HEALTH LAW: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS (7th ed. 2013). I will supplement this text with additional reading assignments, which will be provided via MyWCL. I also recommend (but do not require) JONAS, ET AL., AN INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (7th ed. 2012) for an overview of the U.S. health care system.

First Class Readings

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