Joan Bantz, Member of the Faculty
Office: LabI 3011
Phone: 360-867-5095
Wm (Bill) Haggens, Visiting Faculty
DSHS - contact info to be announced

Health Care Reform, an MPA Elective/Concentration Course

  Monday's 6-10pm,  LIBRARY 3500 (NEW),   4 Credits  
Accepting, as space allows, special and upper division undergraduate students.
This course will be taught by Joan Bantz, Member of the Faculty,  and Bill Hagens, renowned expert on health care and past reform efforts. Both faculty have experienced multiple years within key areas of health and health care, lending real life persepctive to the issues surrounding a reform of the current "accidental" system. 

You will have a rare opportunity to seminar with current experts in the field, challenge directly current policies, and develop advocay skills for advancing reform. 

Course Description:

By examining the historical and cultural context; ethical and equity issues;
stakeholders; various political arenas and perspectives; economics;
comparative systems; impacts of regulations and economic tradeoffs;
technological change; prevention focus and the personal voices of health and
health care we will develop a frame and focus for impacting future health
care reform.

This framing process will provide an understanding of health policy
development within the context of the American political system -- at the
national and state levels, by focusing on timely health care issues in a
political framework, e.g., The Decline of "American" liberalism is health
policy; and Markets, governments, and individuals: their appropriate
roles in producing a healthy population within this "accidental system",
etc. We are in a place where we have run out of workable ideas and the
time is ripe for trying ill-conceived solutions, such as the Medicare reform.

We are in a place where we have run out of workable ideas and the times
are ripe for trying ill-conceived solutions. Current policy areas will be
examined to better understand the pressure and failure of incremental,
piecemeal reform efforts, e.g., Medicare Prescription Reform.

This lack of coherent direction is further adding to provider losses and a
reluctance to serve Medicaid or Medicare enrolless.  As we look around
things appear to be getting worse for consumers, providers, insurers and
government.  In a ear of unprecedented technological medical "advances"
we continue to suffer from the same old problems of cost, quality, access
and the security of health benefits that we have concerned outselves with
for the past forty years.

Within the learning community we will challenge the individually and
socially derived constructs of privilege versus right, options to market
based health care; access to what level of care; and multiple "ism"
issues, - while exploring mind/body/spirit integration.

 We will examine how special interest groups capture and frame health care
rhetoric and reform efforts. We will explore alternative models of care to
better appreciate the complexity and multi-faceted "system" of health care;
craft multiple perspectives; explore policy making and implementation;
quality of care; and explore various pathways for participatory action. 

The main goal of this class is to develop an active learning community
in which to explore current health care issues
and have an interesting
and enjoyable learning experience.


1. Epidemic of Care: A Call for Safer, Better, and More Accountable Health Care
George C. Halvorson, George J. Isham
ISBN: 0787968889
Format: Hardcover, 271pp
Pub. Date: April 2003
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

2. Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century
Committee on Assuring the Health of the, Institutes of Medicine
ISBN: 030908704X
Paperback 509 pages 
Pub. Date: September 2003
Publisher: National Academy Press

And several articles

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