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Course Description:

Through group discussions, and learning tasks, investigate the health services sector using the tools of microeconomic analysis. Understand why many health care markets do not perform according to the competitive ideal; critically examine reform proposals and explore the rapidly evolving institutional environment including the role of government programs, payment systems and the rise of HMOs and other managed care organizations. Study the impact of both private and public insurance on supply, demand and market performance, including trade-offs involved in achieving the goals of quality care, access and reasonable cost.

Students will answer a number of mathematical chapter problems from the Getzen text, write one short essay (5-6 pages) and one longer paper (10-12 pages.)

Requirements for success: Use of a word processor (e.g., MS Word, Google Docs) and basic knowledge of spreadsheet software (e.g., MS Excel, Google Docs) to develop simple tables and charts is needed. You should be comfortable with basic arithmetic and algebraic operations, including the computation of rates, ratios and percentages. A basic knowledge of health service provider/payer organizations and their fiscal operations, as well as internet and library research skills are needed.

Note to NYS Nursing Home Administrator Certificate students: this course fulfills the requirement in Health Care Financing.

Important Note: this course was renamed effective the May 2016 term and was formerly offered as Economic Issues in Health Services. Students who have successfully completed 253724, should not enroll in this course.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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