Law 326 - Health Law and Policy
Julie D. Cantor
M.A. Psychology, Stanford University, 1995
J.D. UC Berkeley-Boalt Hall, 2000
M.D. Yale University, 2005
This course is a general introduction to the law, policy, politics, ethics, and economics of health care in the United States. We will explore and discuss legal and policy considerations that shape relationships between providers, payers, and patients, and how disparate areas of law—like torts, contracts, antitrust, tax, etc.—develop in the context of the health care industry. Some topics that we will consider: health care financing and reform, the right to die, organ transplantation, reproductive rights, genetic technologies, and medical training. Two quotes get you thinking about the vast and disparate aspects of health law and policy: (1) "Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness." Warren Buffett (May 2017); (2) "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman. . . ." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (March 1966).