The Facts about Seeking Healthcare

Preparing to take on your own healthcare in college can be overwhelming, but there’s a few simple things you can do to make the transition smoother.

  1. If you have a primary care provider, see them before coming to campus. Bonus step: make the appointment and fill out the paperwork yourself to practice.Talk to them about getting a referral for providers closer to college.
  2. Find a local health care provider like the Campus Health Center or GVSU Family Health Center for when you need healthcare while at GVSU.
  3. Have a plan for any regular prescriptions you take. Have enough refills for the first semester. Know where to get them refilled if you need.
  4. Create a first aid kit for your room or apartment. It's ok to have a cheat sheet of what medications should be taken for what ailments.
  5. Be sure that you understand if you have insurance and what’s covered before care. Have a copy of your insurance card on hand.
  6. Make a list of local resources that may be helpful. (Like the University Counseling Center, local health care provider, closest urgent and/or convenient care, etc)
  7. Know your own medical history, including immunizations and your family medical history.
  8. Stay in touch with your parents and/or guardians - there's a learning curve for all of you! Know your emergency contact information, including phone numbers, and contact information of any primary care providers, including names, phone, fax and addresses.
  9. Take steps towards being well in all dimensions of wellness.
  10. And, don’t forget to take preventative steps to stay healthy like getting your flu shot and washing your hands.

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