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Student health fees buy...managers?

The sick feeling you get when your health fees buy managers.

In 2017, the San Diego Union-Tribune published this interesting, if not surprising story, that a 2010 increase in student health fees had resulted in (1) A decrease in actual health providers and, wait for it, (2) An increase in the number managers!


The article has some 'fun facts', including:

  1. Before the increase, the Calpulli (student health) Center had 120 support staff and 30 managers; after the increase, 80 staff and 34 managers.

  2. The fee almost doubled from $85 to $150 generating ~$11.1 million in 2017.

  3. Meanwhile, the budget for Student Affairs (incl. health center) dropped $20 million.

  4. Due to staffing losses, Student Health Services could not maintain its Urgent Care area.

No urgent care? What kind of campus gets rid of urgent care for students after charging higher health fees and hiring more managers? I'm no doctor, but I would guess that urgent care on a college campus would be a top health priority. But don't take my word for it. Read the words of the actual doctors quoted in the article. Not only do they say the staffing levels were a problem but also that the (larger) administration did not provide goals and guidance.

It's enough to make you sick.

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