SUP-582: Health Policy Reform: Comparative Approaches to Reducing Inequalities

Semester: Not Offered

Credit: 1.0

Faculty: Mary Ruggie


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The United States spends more than any other country on health care, yet ranks low among developed countries in terms of equality in access and health outcomes. At the same time, inequalities in health care abound across the states in the U.S. This course asks how and why some policies and programs are more successful than others in reducing inequalities based on SES, race/ethnicity, age, and gender. We compare national, state and local efforts across the U.S. as well as between the U.S. and Canada, Britain, and Germany, in a search for transferrable lessons and best practices. Our main focus is new developments in financing, paying physicians and other providers, and delivering primary and integrative health care. We examine the roles of public and private sector actors, the distribution of responsibilities for provision and outcomes, the construction of regulatory frameworks, forms of rationing, and the relationship between health and social policy.

Not offered in 2014-15.


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