Angus Corbett, an expert in the field of health law and health systems, examines some of the largest challenges facing health systems. These include the viability of the adoption of Universal Health Coverage in the United States and the challenges in supporting and improving systems of UHC in other high-income countries. His research addresses the problem of how to regulate and govern large, complex health systems to achieve the set of public policy goals embedded in UHC. His use of comparative analysis of health systems enables consideration of the legal and institutional frameworks that a range of different countries use to achieve UHC. This comparative analysis broadens the scope of the study of health systems to include the challenges facing middle-income and low-income countries that have either adopted or are in the process of adopting UHC. Corbett teaches health law and a course entitled Comparative Health Systems and Law. He developed a comparative health systems course on the Coursera platform (www.coursera.org/specializations/healthcare-law).
Adjunct Professor Corbett’s current research seeks to clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the regulation and governance of the health system in the United States in contrast to those adopted in a selection of high-income countries. This research considers the problem of how the regulation and governance of health systems contributes to improvements health outcomes. In addition, he is working on a project that analyzes the ways that different health systems provide health care for Indigenous and First Nations peoples. This includes the goal of integrating services for Indigenous peoples while also acknowledging rights of self-determination of Indigenous peoples.
Prior to joining Penn Carey Law as an adjunct professor in 2017 Corbett worked on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that considered the use of law to achieve health equity in housing. In 2015 he participated in the Regulatory Excellence project led by Professor Cary Coglianese. He immigrated to the United States in 2012. In Australia, Corbett’s research focused on efforts to improve the safety and quality of health care and on when compensation for personal injury and loss could be used to support regulation in the fields of health and corporate law.