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Top 10 Colleges with the Best Health Care Services

Nobody likes to get sick during the school year. I mean, you do get a few days off from classes, but after you recover, you have a mountain of homework and readings to catch up on, you have to find those in-class lecture notes from a fellow classmate, and you probably don’t feel completely up to par for a few days after you return to classes.

So, whenever I get sick during the school year, I rush myself to my school’s health services center to try to get myself some medication ASAP. Although the health center on campus is decent, it’s never been something to write home to my parents about. I guess I should have paid attention to the Princeton Review’s list of the Top 10 Colleges with the Best Health Care Services.

Other students have bigger issues, however. Chronic diseases, mental health concerns and sexual education and services are all things your college’s health center should be able to help you with, but not all schools are created equal. Choosing a school that is best suited to help your personal health needs is imperative for every student to consider.

Without any further adu, here are the top 10 schools you should go to if you are notorious for getting sick – or if your parents just want to have fantastic health care services available on your school’s campus.

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Mental Health Needs Increasing at Colleges

The New York Times is reporting an increase in the mental health needs of college students. A rising need for suicide intervention, counseling and hospitalizations are popping up across the country. One can’t help but wonder what is causing depression in students and other mental health disorders.

Bullying is a problem among all age groups. The moment you place a group of people together (whether they are three years old or in college) there will be bullies. Toy-snatching and cooties turn into fear and ignorance as we get older. We now know that the acceptance of others can play a huge role in our own mental health. One should never depend on approval from somebody else, but safety and comfort shouldn’t be sacrificed either. Anti-bullying campaigns are popping up everywhere as people start to realize the vital importance of treating each other well.

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Finding the Best Deal on Student Health Insurance

prescription medicationAs a college student, you’re taking on more responsibility. From paying off student loans to organizing your study time, you are getting acclimated to managing every aspect of your life. And for some students, one more responsibility they must look after is their health insurance.

You’re healthy and young, so why do you need health insurance? For starters, as a college student, you will get sick and you are accident-prone. Keep in mind that the number one reason for bankruptcy is unpaid health care bills. And who needs health care bills on top of unpaid student loans?

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the college health care system is a jumble of school plans and private insurance. The Government Accountability Office cites that more than half of the nation’s colleges offer school-sponsored plans and on average, 80 percent of college students are covered by private or public health insurance. Read the rest of this entry »



College Health Insurance Plans Taking Advantage of Students

health careWith President Obama’s new health care reform bill, many students across the country are wondering what to do about their health insurance. Should they remain on their parent’s plans? Should they buy their own? Or should they take advantage of the health insurance most of their colleges offer?

Many students wouldn’t guess that it was actually their college endorsed health insurance plans that were taking advantage of them.

While most colleges offer student health insurance packages, some colleges go as so far as to require it. Either included in student tuition or as a required separate entity, colleges and universities are capitalizing on the forced insurance coverage policies.

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College Athletes Side-Lined with Medical Bills

auburn vs georgiaIf you think the school is picking up the tab on all those torn tendons, broken bones and other injuries that are commonplace amongst college athletes, think again. College athletes are amongst those that are burdened with extensive medical bills. Take for example a rower at Colgate University who is strapped with $80,000 in medical bills for back and leg pain. The school won’t pay citing she was treated for an illness and not a sport injury. Read the rest of this entry »



3 Campaign Issues Most Important to College-Aged Voters

Yesterday we discussed how the under-30 voters could play their most influential role ever in the election of our next president. If all 44 million eligible voters in this Gen-X/Gen-Y demographic turned out to the polls, they would impact 25 percent of the overall vote. Right now it’s anticipated that 86 percent of these voters will show up on election day.

What is it that these young, and some first-time voters, are interested in hearing from the candidates? For this age group, their priorities are:

1. Economy

2. Iraq War

3. Health Care

“For us, that’s a big thing because we’re starting our careers and we need jobs,” said Sam Szynskie, a 21-year-old senior at Lawrence University.

It can be a worrisome time for new college graduates, as they enter the work force saddled with mountains of student loan debt, likely credit card debt, and a desire to put the past four or five years of hard work into lucrative practice. With the economy sliding further down the spiral everyday, and large companies continuing to slash jobs, students are paying attention to the economic plans of our next leader and making sure there is something in it for them.

The under-30 voter is also more concerned with the environment, finding more Earth-friendly energy solutions and reducing our dependency on foreign oil.





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