Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Student Health Offers Many Free Services!

Did you know that most on-campus KUMC students can come to Student Health for an office visit and there is no charge? Not even a co-pay.  And you do not have to carry the student health insurance policy to use our services!  Since we do not charge for office visits, it does not matter what insurance plan you have.

So, what does this mean?  It means that women can come in for their annual exams and get a prescription for birth control at no charge.  It means that we treat acne, anxiety, asthma, insomnia, injuries, coughs, sore throats, urinary symptoms, lumps, bumps, sexually-transmitted illness and more…  and there is never a charge for the office visit. 

What’s the catch?  There is no catch, but there are minimal charges for certain procedures and in-house tests.  For example, if you come in for urinary symptoms there may be a $10 fee for an in-house urine dipstick.  Or if we do a rapid strep test for a sore throat, the fee is $20.  You can click on “Our Services” to see the fee schedule.  Most of these fees simply cover the cost of the supplies. 

If you need laboratory testing, we will send your specimen to LabCorp and they will bill your insurance company.  Sometimes students choose to pay for certain lab tests “out of pocket” because we have negotiated an excellent price with LabCorp and it would be more expensive to use insurance.

Certain procedures also carry a small fee.  For example, camp physicals, mole biopsies and wart removals.

Flu shots and TB skin tests are free of charge.  Other vaccines are offered for a fee which covers the cost of the vaccine without mark-up.  Students who carry the KUMC student insurance policy are covered for most vaccines and will not incur a fee.   Students on other insurance plans can be vaccinated at Student Health for a fee or may go to another clinic that bills insurance. 

Bottom line:  Remember Student Health when you’re looking for great health care and a great value.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Weight Gain: Is Your Phone to Blame?

If you’ve noticed a few pounds creeping on there could be many reasons, but it may be worth a minute of your time to think about your smart phone habits.  Do you find yourself sneaking a peek at your phone throughout the day?  Those moments add up.  In fact, some studies have shown that the average student spends 5 – 8 hours a day looking at their phone!  For most of us, these hours are sedentary. 

Smart phones have been implicated in mindless eating and certain apps make it very easy to order convenient, high-calorie take-out.  For those who use their phones while working out, studies have shown that texting or talking during exercise causes a reduction in intensity.   Sometimes a workout is derailed altogether by a distracting website or worse, by an accident due to split attention. 

Researchers have suggested that the blue light emitted from a smart phone can interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm to cause insomnia which may lead to weight gain. 

If you are interested in cutting back on your phone use, there’s an app for that!  (Oh, the irony!)  “Break Free” and “Moment” are two such apps.  “Moment” allows you to set a limit on your daily use.  Even if you are not interested in a limit, it may be worthwhile to find out just how much you’re using your phone and re-purpose some of that time for physical activity.