Health Law

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: M, T 8:10am - 10:10am in WCC Room 3038
4 classroom credits
This course will cover the full range of topics that are traditionally referred to as "health law," including the physician-patient relationship, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, medical malpractice, regulation of health professions, regulation of health facilities, health care financing (including a survey of Medicare, Medicaid and private medical insurance law), proposals for health care reform, regulation of drugs and devices, and if time permits, end-of-life decision-making and reproductive health. Health law will be viewed as the principles that govern and influence the interaction of patients and health care providers, and we will also consider the evolution of health care law over time, as it reflects the development of medicine as a profession and the emergence of the modern hospital during the first decades of the twentieth century. Readings will include a traditional casebook, as well as materials documenting the modern history of medicine, public health, and health care finance.

Subject Areas: Health Law , Government Structure & Function , Regulatory Law .