This course is an introduction into the law, policy, politics, ethics, and economics of health care in the United States. We will explore and discuss the legal and policy considerations that have shaped the relationships between providers, payers, and patients, and how many areas of law (e.g., torts, contracts, antitrust, tax) develop in unique ways when applied to the health care industry. Among other topics, we will consider health care financing and reform, the right to die, organ transplantation, reproductive rights, genetic technologies, and medical training. Two quotes get you thinking about the vast and disparate aspects of health law and policy: (1) "Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness." Warren Buffett, May 2017; (2) "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman. . . ." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (March 1966).
Health Law and Policy