ECON 230 The Economics of Health and Health Care (Not offered 2004-2005) (W)

This course analyzes the economics of health by applying standard microeconomic tools to the particular problems of health and health care markets. The course focuses on three broad issues: the inputs to health and the demand for health care, the structure and consequences of public and private health insurance, and the supply of health care. Special attention will be devoted to topics of current public concern, including the problems of rising costs and cost containment, health insurance reform, the changing nature of health care provision, changing public policies in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, hospital competition, and the determinants and consequences of technological change in medicine. Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: several short papers, a midterm exam and a final exam. Prerequisites: Economics 110. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 19).