Page 10-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-University - Thursday, September 10, 1992
Health Services takes care of students in place of Mom and Dad
by Maureen Little
For many first-year students,
going to college is their first time
away from home. There are many
things to experience for the first
time: classes in a big lecture hall,
Greek parties, staying up all night
studying, and being sick without
your parents to comfort and care for
you. This may be a traumatic experi-
ence, but it doesn't have to be.
"University Health Services
(UHS) is an outpatient care facility
that is primarily geared towards stu-
dents and their needs," said Jen
Stewart of Health Promotion and
Students' most common ailments
include viral infections and upper
respiratory, gastrointestinal and gy-
necological problems, said Dr.
Caesar Briefer, director of UHS.
UHS is primarily funded through
an $87.36 per-semester health
service fee that is charged to all
students. This fee provides 75
percent of UHS funding.
According to UHS, "Over the
past eight years, increases in this fee
have been kept below increases in
the medical care cost index."
Most UHS services are free of
charge. However, students provide
insurance information to cover the
cost of pharmaceuticals, optometry
and orthopedic care, and
"I like Health Services because
it's easy, free, and helpful," said
LSA junior Kim Burman.
UHS sends a letter - which in-
cludes an immunization question-
naire - to all entering students in-
forming them of the services it pro-
vides. UHS is also a stop on the
"In general, the prices are
cheaper (at the UHS pharmacy),"
said Briefer. The more of a product
UHS buys the cheaper it will be for
"Over 70 percent of the under-
classmen at the University have vis-
ited the clinic one time," said
Briefer. "And the average student
visits the clinic 3.1 times."
UHS takes walk-ins, but students
can avoid waiting by making an ap-
pointment. when seeking treatment.
"Ideally, if students made ap-
pointments, there wouldn't be a
wait," said Briefer. While each ap-
pointment is scheduled for 15 min-
utes, appointment times can be
lengthened depending on the nature
of the problem.
UHS is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday , 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Thursday , and 9 a.m. to
The best time to go to UHS is
first thing in the morning. Students
can be in and out quickly. Long
waits are inevitable in the early
UHS is staffed with 13 full-time
physicians, and 25-26 physician
assistants and nurse practitioners.
"I went to the eye doctor at
Health Services to get new glasses,"
said Engineering sophomore Cindy
Romer. "I liked him better than my
regular doctor because he was nice
and he explained everything."
UIS also provides workshops on
various topics including alcohol ed-
ucation, contraception, stress man-
agement, and body image. It offers
anonymous AIDS testing and a
variety of health-related pamphlets.
"The staff at UHS is caring and
committed," said Briefer. "We have
a pretty good place, and I'm proud
of our operation."
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