Health care systems of today consist of complex structures with great varieties between countries, but despite such nation specific characteristics there are many common features in their historical development.
This course will introduce students to the historical development of health care systems through thematically structured lectures and seminars. The themes include health professionals and the regulation of health care, the concept of the medical marketplace, health insurance and access to care, as well as health care and pandemics.
Focus will be on the 19th and early 20th centuries as a time period of profound change and expansion of health care in the western world. Case studies will be concentrated to Europe and the United States, with special attention payed to Sweden.
The students will become familiar with basic health care concepts, key development trends, current research and primary sources