17.315 Comparative Health Policy

Fall 2004

A researcher studies cell cultures.
A researcher studies cell cultures. (Image courtesy of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture outlines and exam questions.

Course Description

This course examines in comparative prospective the health care policy problems facing the United States including providing adequate access to medical services for all, the control of rising health care costs, and the assurance that the quality of health care services is high and improving. It explores the market and regulatory policy options being debated politically in the United States to solve these problems and compares possible foreign models for reform including those offered by the Canadian, British, Japanese, and German systems. The course shows how the historical development of the American health care system limits greatly policy options that can be considered and creates pressures that favor a continuing emphasis on technology and structural decentralization. The course also examines important health risks and the political and organizational factors that distort the public's understanding of these risks.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Harvey Sapolsky

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session