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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Roots of Health Care in the United States


E-Seminar 2
Medicare, Medicaid, and the Legacy of the New Deal


E-Seminar 4
Managing the Managed-Care Revolution


E-Seminar 5
Managed Care in the Public Sector


E-Seminar 6
Long-Term Care


The Politics of Health Care
A Series of Six E-Seminars


 
The Politics of Health Care
E-Seminar 3, The Uninsured

Taught by: Michael S. Sparer, Ph.D.

Description
Today, more than 40 million Americans lack health insurance—increasing their risk of receiving poor-quality health care and of becoming ill. The uninsured in America are less likely to receive necessary diagnostic tests and more likely to forego recommended therapies. For example, uninsured children are less likely to be treated for ear infections than children who have health insurance. Similarly, uninsured women are less likely to undergo regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer, while uninsured men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer at a later stage of the disease.



E-Seminar Trailer (RealVideo Clip)
So who are the uninsured? How do they fall between America's private, employer-sponsored health-insurance system and government-sponsored programs such as Medicare and Medicaid? In the third e-seminar in his six-part series, The Politics of Health Care, Michael S. Sparer, associate professor of public health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, focuses on the plight of the uninsured in the United States. He reveals the current composition of America's uninsured population and examines the health and financial consequences of lacking health insurance. Finally, Professor Sparer reviews previous attempts to aid the uninsured and explores current proposals intended to reduce their ranks.

E-Seminar Length: 3-5 hours
Start Date: Anytime
Credits: Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites: None
Moderator: None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Additional Resources | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•   Find out who the uninsured are.

•   Consider the impact of being uninsured.

•   Examine current and past proposals to aid the uninsured.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. The American Uninsured
3. Phase One: Employer Mandates
4. Phase Two: Small-Group Reform
5. Phase Three: Return to the Public Sector
6. The Current Debate
7. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Michael Sparer is Associate Professor at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law (Newark). Professor Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care with an emphasis on the state and local role in the American health-care system. He is the author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform (Temple University Press, 1996) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

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Recommended Reading
Hacker, Jacob S. The Road to Nowhere. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Skocpol, Theda. Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government. New York: Norton, 1997.

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Additional Resources
Health Affairs, the policy journal of Health Sphere.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Web site for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

The Web site of the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social-policy research organization.

The Web site of the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health-care practice and policy.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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