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LAWS 7771 Comparative Health Law (Spring: 2 )


Course Description

As federal and state legislators struggle to implement the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it is important to understand the operation of health care law and policy in other countries. Comparative analysis of the U.S. and other nations chosen by class members will evaluate different approaches to: (1) conceptualizing health, the right to health care, and the individual's right to make informed and autonomous decisions in accepting or rejecting treatment, and (2) financing and delivering health care while balancing the competing objectives of cost control, universal access, and quality assurance. After completing that unit, the class will evaluate (3) the FDA's efforts to become a global agency, and (4) how different nations address therapeutic innovation, with particular attention to medical drugs and devices.


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Last Updated: 17-Feb-14