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.
- 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.
- Find a local health care provider like the Campus Health Center or GVSU Family Health Center for when you need healthcare while at GVSU.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure that you understand if you have insurance and what’s covered before care. Have a copy of your insurance card on hand.
- 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)
- Know your own medical history, including immunizations and your family medical history.
- 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.
- Take steps towards being well in all dimensions of wellness.
- And, don’t forget to take preventative steps to stay healthy like getting your flu shot and washing your hands.