May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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PSC 123 - The Politics of American Health Care

Semester Hours: 3
Spring
This course will focus on how and why the American health care system differs from of other industrialized countries and will ask whether these differences are assets or liabilities.  Students will confront a number of paradoxes regarding American health care. These include: How is it possible for the American health care system to be characterized simultaneously as the best and worst in the world? Why are many Americans critical of the system even as they purport to be satisfied with their own health care? If Americans agree that the system is broken or flawed, why are efforts to reform health care so controversial and why are the problems so difficult to solve? The course will focus on efforts to reform the American health care system including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
May not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. Credit given either for this course or PSC 151, The Politics of Health Care, not both. (Formerly, PSC 151, The Politics of Health Care.)





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