Class meets Wednesdays 4:00-7:00 pm in room 27 Drama Building.
Instructor: Elaine Peterson
Office hours: M-F 10:00-11:00
Office: 101 B Classroom Building ...and by appointment
Office Phone: 667-3327
Home Phone: 529-3804 (Please, no calls after 9:00 pm)
Course Description: Examines the health care industry, production of health, insurance, government programs, supply and demand for physicians, nurses, drugs, and technology, hospitals, legal issues, and international comparisons.
Course Objectives: Help students understand one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the economy which is likely to affect every person in the US at some time in their lives. Serve potential need of students entering the health care industry including nurses, pharmacy students, and public administrators. Gain a better understanding of the US health Care system, how it works, the underlying incentives, and the ability to draw out the implications of potential changes to the system.
Philipson, Thomas J., and Posner, Richard A., Private Choices and Public Health: The AIDS Epidemic in an Economic Perspective, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 1993
Articles drawn from professional journals such as: Journal of Health Economics, Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Health Care Financing Review, Risk Analysis, and American Journal of Public Health, Inquiry, Health Affairs, American Economic Review
The research project should use economics to analyze a topic related to health. You may wish to consider the attached list of a few potential topics. If you are currently working at an institution or firm facing health related decisions you may wish to consider an economic analysis of the tradeoffs involved in those decisions. You may also consider a service learning project, in which case we will need to work out a service learning agreement. Lee Renner in the Liberal Studies Department has a number of contacts with community organizations. Whatever project you choose you are required to meet individually with the professor to work on a research plan for exploring that topic.
Be careful to use your own words. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade.
Short assignments may be announced in class or via email. All students should check their email regularly and will be included on a class discussion list. Any necessary changes to the schedule below will also be announced in class or via email.
Some materials of interest to students are also available
on the internet.
The department web site address is: http://www.csustan.edu/Econ/Dept/Econ.htm
My web site address is: http://www.csustan.edu/Econ/Peterson/ejphome.html
Students are encouraged to work together in studying, but not during exams. Cheating will result in a failing grade.
Exams may involve multiple choice questions, short problems, and short essays, but will tend to focus on essays.
Baumol, William J. "Do Changes in Health Care Costs Matter?" The
New Republic, November 22, 1993, pp. 16-18.
Swartz, K., J. Marcotte and T. McBride, "Personal Characteristics and spells without insurance" Inquiry, 30, 1993, p. 64-76.
Mar. 25, April 1
III. The connection from Medical care to health
Cropper, Maureen "Measuring the Benefits from Reduced Morbidity" American Economic Review, 71, 1981, p. 235-240.
Phelps, Ch.7 p.241-243
VII. International Comparisons of Health Care Systems
Scheiber, George, Jean-Pierre Pouillier and Leslie Greenwald "Health Care Systems in Twenty-Four Countries" Health Affairs, 10 (3), 1991, pp. 22-38
1. Critically evaluating an emergency medical system from an economic perspective
Drake,David F., Reforming the health care market: An interpretive economic history, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1994.
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 18 : 2 and 3 Special issues on US Health Care Reform, 1993.
Lee, K. and Mills A., The Economics of Health in Developing Countries, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983.
World-Bank, World development report, 1993: Investing in health, Oxford University Press for the World Bank, Oxford; New York; Toronto and Melbourne, 1993.
Moon,Marilyn, Medicare now and in the future , Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press; distributed by University Press of America, Lanham, Md., 1993. [ISBN: 0-87766-591-5, pbk]
Bachman, Sara S., Altman, Stuart H., Beatrice, Dennis F., "What Influences a State's Approach to Medicaid Reform?", Inquiry, 25(2), Summer 1988, pages 243-50.
Kern, Rosemary Gibson, "The Unfinished Agenda for Medicaid Reform", in Kern, Rosemary Gibson and Windham, Susan R. Medicaid and other experiments in state health policy. With Paula Griswold, American Enterprise Institute Studies in Health Policy, no. 437, Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1986, pages 51-66.
Friss, Lois , "The Nursing Shortage: Do We Dislike It Enough to Cure It?",Inquiry, 25(2), Summer 1988, pages 232-42.
McKibbin, Richard C., The nursing shortage and the 1990s: Realities and remedies, Kansas City, Mo.: American Nurses Association, 1990.