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Health Law (LAW-640-001)
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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. The objective of the course is to give students a familiarity with the problems that health law seeks to address as well as the legal frameworks and mechanisms it uses to address them. 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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First Class Readings
The required texts are Furrow et al, Health Law: Cases Materials and Problems, 6th ed. and the 2011 edition of Health Care Reform Supplementary Materials (a supplement to the Furrow casebook, significantly changed since the 2010 edition).
The reading assignment for our first class session is Furrow (the regular casebook) pp. 1-10; 1352-1357 and "Viagra: a Tale of Two Pills" on MyWCL. We'll be focusing on:
Katskee v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Problem: The Couple’s Illness; and Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics