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Averting the health care crisis

Randy Briggs ||
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The number of Californians without healthcare insurance has grown to a staggering 7 million, according to an article in The Sacramento Bee in September.

Amid the escalating unemployment rate, rising care costs and increases in premiums, uninsured City College students needing to stay healthy can find low-cost services both on campus and off.

The City College Health Center distributed seasonal flu shots Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 in Café One and the cafeteria with a $25 fee, according to City College nurse Wendy Gomez.

The City College Health Center provides other services to keep uninsured students healthy. Gomez said the center, located in Rodda Hall North 125, offers consultations for students, letting them know where basic medical care for the uninsured is available in Sacramento County.

The Health Center also offers support in times of emotional stress and referrals to community mental health services.

TB testing for students and staff is available, with a $5 fee to students. A full listing of Health Center Services and weekly hours of operation are available at the City College Web site under the drop-down menu category “Health Services.”

Planned Parenthood also comes to City College Tuesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to help conduct STD, HIV and pregnancy testing, and to provide birth control.
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Thirteen low-cost clinics, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, will provide seasonal flu vaccines for those insured and uninsured on different dates and times between Oct. 9 and Nov. 5, according to Lucinda Serynek, communications and media officer for the DHA.

The two Sacramento clinics which provide flu vaccines to any individual over 6 months of age are the Robertson Community Center Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the Pannell Center Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The other 11 clinics on the list cater to those considered “high-risk.” This vaccine protects against the seasonal flu only (not H1N1) and has a $10 fee. Names and addresses for the 13 county clinics are available at

Teeth cleaning is also available for City College students at the campus dental clinic free of charge. For x-rays, it only costs $20.

City College student Ryan Butterfield has found that being uninsured has brought stress into his easygoing life.

“Once I turned 25 I couldn’t be insured under my parents anymore and my job doesn’t pay me nearly enough to get benefits.”

Butterfield continues: “With the flu season here and swine flu creeping up behind it, I can’t afford the time to get sick and I definitely can’t afford the cost of a check-up or physical.”

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