The Economics of Healthcare: Crash Course Economics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 12 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 38 questions based on The Crash Course Economics video: The Economics of Healthcare.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course video: The Economics of Healthcare. The video will first introduce students to the differences between public and private healthcare. The healthcare systems of Canada, France, and the United Kingdom are described and students will learn how each country has a different way of providing healthcare to its citizens. Students will see that there is no such thing as "free" healthcare in these countries. Healthcare still has a price in other countries like Canada, that price is just covered by taxes. The video then moves on to the healthcare system of the US. Medicare and Medicaid are explained as is the private insurance that most Americans access, whether through their employer or through buying individual policies. The costs of the American healthcare system are analyzed and the video discusses why health care costs in the US are much higher than those in other rich countries. The lack of a unified system that can negotiate with doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and other providers, the mountains of paperwork generated by the interaction between insurers and providers, and government/lobbyist/bureaucrats being happy with the status-quo are all explained as reasons behind high healthcare costs. The video concludes by looking at the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and what it does and doesn't do.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.