Course Description for Medical Politics and Policy
Medical Politics and Policy
Prerequisite: POS 2041
The course will provide an understanding of the structure of the political process in medical policy making. It will focus upon the US but will provide comparisons with other countries. The political roles of the legislature, executive and judicial branches of government in medical policy will be examined as well as the political roles that health professional assume in the community. Major actors in medical policy are identified within the context of the forces and institutions that they react to in shaping medical policy. The course will examine why the practice of medicine has been "criminalized" in the pursuit of fraud, abuse and drug diversion.