Why can’t everyone have free healthcare? What are Medicad/Medicare and why is the government always fighting about it? Is Obamacare really going to help? What will happen if I need to go to the hospital? What the Healthcare? is a play on the What the Health? film raising awareness of systemic issues impacting food consumption. In the What the Healthcare? course we will explore real issues in navigating American healthcare through personal and political lenses. We will also use film/TV to discuss those influences and media/pop culture’s impact on the way Americans consume healthcare. There will be opportunity to visit local healthcare settings and speak with professionals about issues discussed in class. Topics covered will be clustered and include: end of life, emergency care, caregiving, disability/chronic disease, crisis/trauma, substance abuse, resource/referral, and medical/legal issues.

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