This course provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare industry and the emerging developments that are transforming it. Topics include current and proposed methods of financing and payment, innovations in the delivery of health services, and forces impacting pharmaceutical and device manufacturers. We will examine strategies for addressing problems of cost, quality and access from the perspectives of consumers, payers, providers, and producers/suppliers. Emphasis will be placed on challenges and opportunities facing healthcare executives, employers, policymakers and investors afforded by new legislation, information technology, and new methods of healthcare delivery and payment. Though the focus will be on the U.S., comparisons with healthcare systems in other countries will also be discussed. The goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the myriad and complex factors influencing the healthcare industry and shed light on important developments that are likely to affect the industry in the future.