What are some controversies surrounding the development of the government’s role in providing, financing, and regulating health insurance and health services.
What is the changing nature of health and medical care and the implications for medical practice, medical education and research, and health policy.
What are the economic reasons for government intervention in a market based health care system. Please be sure to incorporate the reasons identified in your text as well as any additional reasons you wish to provide. Provide a critique of these reasons.
Capturing economies of scale is often offered as a reason for the consolidation of hospitals. In theory, if there are economics of scale, consolidation should result in cost savings for hospitals. What do the empirical studies mentioned in your text imply about consolidation for hospitals and cost savings? If not for cost savings, what other benefits are there for consolidations of hospitals.?
What is the structure, conduct and performance of the pharmaceutical industry. How does its structure, conduct and performance impact patients? Given the structure, conduct and performance of the pharmaceutical industry, predict the responsiveness of the industry to a common disease as compared to a very rare disease. Assume both diseases have very similar impacts on patients.