Explain the three levels of care – primary, secondary, and tertiary – explaining how people navigate between the levels.

1. Compare the performance of the U.S. health system to other high-income countries. You should think in terms of health outcomes, patient satisfaction, system access, cost, and any other dimensions you see fit.

2. Explain the three levels of care – primary, secondary, and tertiary – explaining how people navigate between the levels. You may illustrate with examples from your own experience.

3. Thinking about your own family’s experiences with the U.S. health and health insurance system, what are 3 specific policy issues that influence your experience?

4. Why is health care so expensive in the U.S.?

5. Explain private health insurance. You may want to include its purpose, how it works, what groups of people have access to this, the history of private insurance (in brief), and current problems. If you can identify solutions to any of the problems, that would be a bonus!

6. Please provide specific evidence about why it is so important to have a more ethnically and racially diverse healthcare system in the U.S? (e.g., Black and Latinx representation)

7.Why is primary care so important? Why is there a shortage of primary care providers?

8. Thinking about Medicare, do you think it will be around when you become eligible for it? Explain your answer in terms of the population covered, the financing of the program, and the costs of care. What are at least 3 proposed changes to Medicare to address the problems identified?

SOME COURSE READING DONE IN CLASS

Bayer, Fairchild, A. L., Hopper, K., & Nathanson, C. A. Confronting the Sorry State of U.S

Gawande. (2011). The Hot Spotters. The New Yorker –

Osborn, R et al. (2016) In New Survey Of Eleven Countries, US Adults Still Struggle With Access –

Catherine K. Dangremond, “A visual overview of Health Care Delivery in the United States” –

Blumenthal et al. (2015) Medicare at 50- Moving Forward, – Alternative Formats

Michael S. Sparer (2015) Medicaid at 50: Remarkable Growth – Alternative Formats

Fried (2015) A Prescription for the Next Fifty Years of Medicare – Alternative Formats

Michael S. Sparer & Frank J. Thompson (2015) Government and Health Insurance: The Policy Process

How we pay for care slides for session 4

Questions for Readings Activity: session 4Blumenthal et al. (2015) Medicare at 50- Moving Forward, –

Michael S. Sparer (2015) Medicaid at 50: Remarkable Growth – Alternative Formats

Fried (2015) A Prescription for the Next Fifty Years of Medicare – Alternative Formats

Michael S. Sparer & Frank J. Thompson (2015) Government and Health Insurance: The Policy Process

How we pay for care

Fifty Years of Medicare –

Michael S. Sparer (2015) Medicaid at 50: Remarkable Growth –

Fried (2015) A Prescription for the Next Fifty Years of Medicare –

Michael S. Sparer & Frank J. Thompson (2015) Government and Health Insurance: The Policy Process