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HealthCare Re-Form: Future Healthcare Provider’s Perspective

Emmanuel Reid
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Healthcare reform as a concept can seem a bit daunting, what exactly does it mean? How will things change? It is important to understand the healthcare system in place in order to fully conceptualize what changes are to come. With the Supreme Court ultimately deeming the Affordable Care Act as a constitutional reform to America’s health care, change is inevitable. Natasha Lare is a health service provider that has reform on the mind.  Her vision for the future is more reliant on preventative care and integrative medicine. The Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality, an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, gave me a clear definition of exactly what integrative healthcare is:

”…the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence based medicine”.

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Graduate nursing student [Natasha Lare] helping her local community at flu shot clinic.
Photo: Emmanuel Reid.

Natasha’s approach seems to be a trend among the wave of new healthcare professionals. With institutions like UCLA’s Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine  and Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine  it is apparent that healthcare is heading in a new direction.

“We’re managing disease processes at the end of the process…versus teaching them how to prolong their lives before disease develops.”

Knowledge is power and diagnosing a problem is the first step to recovery. This being said, it’s encouraging to know that with such drastic change for the future our healthcare providers are using the momentum to shape a more holistic healthcare culture.

College Students Wonder: What Is Obamacare?

DARRIN JOHNSON
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

With the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare, and President Obama being re-elected, Obamacare is now inevitability. Obamacare is an overhaul of our current healthcare system, which will bring changes such as expanded Medicare coverage, an expanded time period in which young adults can be on their parent’s healthcare coverage, and making it harder for insurance companies to deny people with pre-existing health conditions.

However, there is both a lack of the facts on Obamacare and quite a bit of misinformation as well. A quick Google search of Obamacare will reveal a plethora of websites dedicated to discrediting this attempt at health reform. If one were to go off of what they found on page one of a Google search for the term “Obamacare” they would not come away with an encouraging picture of what it will do.

President Obama Signing The Health Care Bill

President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House. March 23, 2010. Photo: Keith Ellison.

One segment of the American population that will be particularly affected are college students. Many are under 26 and are on their parent’s healthcare. Many college students will also be living with the changes that Obamacare will bring for many years. The individual parts of the new law will go affect incrementally. As a result, the full effect of it will not be felt until 2020.

Despite how much of an effect the law will have on college students, even they are not well informed on what Obamacare entails. This is not even taking into account whether or not students feel positively or negatively about it. It is rather about the lack of general knowledge on what it does.

The full text of what Obamacare includes can be found at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr3590/text. This is the actual bill, so the language used can be quite technical. A simplified, but not complete, overview of Obamacare can be found at http://obamacarefacts.com/affordable-care-act-facts.php

Klotz Student Health Center

SHALEEKA POWELL
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Cal State University Northridge’s Klotz Student Health Center provides many basic services for no charge for currently enrolled students. The university’s student fees include a $56 health fee per semester that pays for the basic services provided. The services include annual physicals, cold and flu care, immunizations, care for injuries, sexual and reproductive health, and laboratory tests and X-rays. Physicals where documentation is required are $25.00. Students interested in birth control should learn more about free family planning services available at the health center through the Family PACT Program (Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment), a state funded program for low-income residents. Laboratory tests that can be performed at the health center and basic x-rays are available at no cost.

Services that are not free for current students are Dental Clinic and Optometry, Complementary alternative medicine and the pharmacy. Dental Clinic services include: basic exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, and teeth whitening. Optometry Clinic services include eye exams, contact lens fittings and red eye visits. The health center also fills glasses and contact lens prescriptions. Complementary alternative medicine include: acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy all ranging from $10 to $30. Pharmacists fill prescriptions from health center physicians and clinicians outside the health center. Low-cost, over the counter products are available for purchase without a prescription. Dermatologists and physical therapy are also offered for a low-cost. Students can schedule appointments using the online system, by phone, or even walk-ins. Appointments that are not kept and not cancelled within a minimum of 2 hours prior to the appointment time receive a charge of $5.00. The health center is located east of the Bookstore and south of the University Student Union. For additional information visit the Klotz Student Center website or call 818-677-1200.

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