Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Health Care in College

Many schools offer medical services free of charge to their students as well as other care such as counseling. Unfortunately, not all schools offer this. Some cannot afford it, others only offer limited services. At my school, there is a family practice around the corner, but it is not very good. Most of the time, you are just sent to the hospital. Not to mention, their hours are 8 a.m. to 4p.m., when most students are in class and at work.

Many college students, along with other young adults, are uninsured. They are not covered by their parents' insurance anymore (which will soon change) and they cannot afford to pay for it on their own. I have read brochures for student plans and they are far from inclusive. They often do not cover sports injuries, mental health care, dental, or pregnancy care. While the insurance may be cheap, it is often still a waste of money.

And what about sexual health? Getting pregnant while still in college is far from advisable, but colleges don't do enough to prevent it. At some schools, giving out birth control is the health clinic's biggest responsibility. At others, the best you can hope for is free condoms.

What are your biggest concerns about health care and what can be done to fix them?
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