Politics and policy behind the provision of primary health care in the United States. The rise of the field of primary care and how it is supported and financed; the role of insurers and government in regulation and oversight in the areas of access, cost, and quality.
By the end of the course: 1. Students will understand and be able to cite key developments in the history of primary health care in America. 2. Students will be able to discuss the role of public policy, and the impact of politics, as they have affected primary health care organization, development, and delivery. 3. Students will be able to discuss issues related to the direct federal delivery of primary health care, through the Veterans’ Administration, the Indian Health Services, and other federal programs. 4. Students will be able to discuss the roles of Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP, in the financing and delivery of primary health care. 5. Students will be able to discuss other key policy issues, such as malpractice issues, HIPAA, privacy, EMTALA, etc. of the organization and delivery of primary health care.