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When I was at the University of California we had a pretty good (but pricey) mandatory insurance program. You could get an appointment at the Campus health centre within a couple of days, they would give you a referral and you could generally get an appointment with a specialist withina week or two.

However, my understanding is that the situation is much, much worse with an HMO (Health Management Organization). In many ways, although being a graduate student puts you squarely under poverty level incomewise, the standard of living is acceptable as long as you don't own a car or pay for cable TV.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 10:38:17 AM EST
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