The Economics of Healthcare

Healthcare is an important asset to any society, and has been at the forefront of public policy and national news in the last few decades. An engaging video from Crash Course economics clears up many misconceptions about healthcare systems and compares the American healthcare situation to countries around the world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video in a practical economics class in which pupils learn about budgets and real-world applications
  • Have learners watch the video on their own and come to class with a list of facts and questions they have for peers
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide additional resources to discuss the merits or disadvantages of the Affordable Care Act in the United States
  • Comment section is open to the public and contains strong opinions about the state of American healthcare
  • Video was published in 2016, and its discussions of healthcare policy reflect the politics and administration of that time
Pros

  • Clarifies many terms and concepts, such as deductible and single-payer system, that learners have likely heard of but would struggle to define
  • An effective real-world application of what class members have learned in previous videos
  • Objectively examines the Affordable Care Act and its requirements
Cons

  • None