PAM_435_syllabus - PAM 435: The U.S. Health Care System...

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Spring 2008 Tuesday/Thursday 10:10 – 11:25 Sean Nicholson sn243@cornell.edu Department of Policy Analysis and Management Office: 123 MVR Hall Office Hours: - Monday, 2:00 – 3:00 - Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:00 Teaching Assistants Don Dracoulis: dd249@cornell.edu Siti Mack: szs4@cornell.edu Mark O’Hern: mao35@cornell.edu Office hours (in 434 MVR): Siti Mack: 8:30 – 10:00 on Tuesdays Don Dracoulis: 1:00 – 2:30 on Tuesdays Mark O’Hern: 8:30 – 10:00 on Thursdays Course Description This course examines the various components of the U.S. health care system and how the components interact with one another. We begin by examining the role of medical care in producing health and the costs and benefits of new medical technologies (e.g., medical devices and prescription drugs). We then examine the objectives and behavior of key stakeholders in the system: consumers, employers, and taxpayers who pay for health care; private and public (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid) health insurers who manage the funds; physicians and hospitals who actually provide medical care; and pharmaceutical and medical device firms that supply products. Students will also learn how to apply basic economic reasoning to examine health policy issues, including covering the uninsured, controlling the growth rate of medical spending, improving the quality of medical care, and reforming the malpractice system. Course Learning Objectives - Understand the objectives and behavior of the key stakeholders in the U.S. health care system: payers, insurers, providers, and suppliers. - Apply basic economic reasoning to examine health policy proposals. Prerequisites: None Readings Students are expected to come to class having completed the readings assigned for that class. Paul J. Feldstein, Health Policy Issues: an Economic Perspective , 4 th edition. Available at the Cornell Bookstore. (Required text). David M. Cutler, Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Healthcare System . Available at the Cornell Bookstore. (Required text).
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