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cowell_outside.jpgThe entrance to Cowell Student Health Center.

Corner of California Avenue and Regan Hall Circle
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Advice Nurse
[WWW]Cowell Student Health Center

cowellregan.jpgThe Health Center as seen from Regan.

Cowell Student Health Center does a pretty good job serving the healthcare needs of UC Davis students, considering its small facilities. The center provides basic healthcare and offers neither dental nor optometry services. However, it does have a very good website as well as MOObilenet and a pair of public access emacs in the lobby.

An Urgent Care visit will cost you $20 and normal visits will be $15. Tests are about $10, depending on what you need. If you buy the school's health insurance, generic prescriptions are $15 and brand name ones are $20. They also sell a variety of other self care things such as band-aids, condoms, sunblock, etc. The student outreach portion of the health center is Health Education and Promotion, and among other things recommends that freshmen living in the dorms be vaccinated against meningitis.

If you are not sure whether you need to see a doctor, you can call the Advice Nurse. You do not need to be enrolled in the university's health insurance to do this, so even students who submitted a waiver can get advice from trained professionals.

The Cowell Student Health Center was built in 1952. It gets its name from the Cowell family of Santa Cruz — Cowell Health Centers are a traditional avenue of UC support by the Cowell family who has given generously to the university as far back as the early 1900s.

cowellroad.jpgHealth Center as seen from Regan Circle Road.

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I've generally had excellent doctors at Cowell, but last time I visited I saw a "pain specialist" who told me that my problems stemmed from the fact that I didn't understand that "everything happens for a reason." When I told him that I didn't believe that, he said, "Well, why do things happen then?" Yeah, you really got me there, doctor. - EllenWoodall

God, Insurance services is TERRIBLE. now I know insurance is a pain in the ASS but students have better things to do than goto the Insurance services more than they have too. I went once to fill out a "retro-refferal" and not only did the lady bitch at me for not using their doctors (what is this, a monopoly?) but I got a call from the doctors office a month in a half later saying they still hadnt recieved payment. GOOD THING i kept my copy of the thing and sent it to the doctors. And what does cowell do (oh, who us, no, what? no wait?!) you guys suck. And then ... IT HAPPENS AGAIN! good thing the pharmacy pl are nice or id change plans. Honestly, this place needs to get its s*it together.

I've used the Student Health Center and they are a pretty good place to use, if you take the time to figure out the polices and procedures of the place. I am lucky because my mom is a nurse and drilled into my head to do just that. While there are "bad apples" everywhere, you just have to go around them and find the good ones.

I have been using Cowell for 4 years now and will use them for another couple of years while doing grad studies. I don't have medical coverage thru anywhere else so I am grateful that Cowell has turned out to be such a good place and that I took the time to figure them out.

If you are only covered by the school's medical coverage, read the insurance rules, and you'll find that Cowell is your "primary care" facility. If you go somewhere else for medical care without obtaining a prior referral, then you need to contact their insurance office within 24 hours to let them know. And, if you do that, there's a chance you will pay the whole bill unless it was for EMERGENCY purposes only. This is standard for all insurance companies, not just the one Cowell uses. If you want to see a specialist that Cowell doesn't have, then you need to make an appointment and see a Cowell doctor and ask for a referral to the type of specialist they don't have. Again, this is standard practice thru the medical industry.

If Cowell isn't your medical coverage or if you have another medical coverage along with Cowell, then by all means find out what doctors in the area accept your medical coverage and call them to be added to their practice. Then you can use whichever place is more convenient and less of a cost.

According to my mom, (grrr...) we have to realize that we are now considered adults and have a responsiblitiy to figure these things out so we not only understand them but know how to manage our health care to it's full potential. We may not like the policies and procedures, but if that's what they are, then that's what they are. You don't have to accept Cowell as your primary care provider. You can get a different medical coverage and then prove to the university that you have it. Then you can go somewhere else more to your liking.

Actually, my mom is pretty great and I am thankful for all her advice.Tina

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2008-02-07 22:10:07   My only gripe about this place is that it takes awhile to see someone, even with an appointment. However, they're cheaper than my insurance copay. The doctors I have seen here have always been helpful. —WilliamLewis

2008-02-26 10:04:15   The big problem with this is that most students are nowhere near their primary care facility (Cowell) for much of the year. Gone for the summer? Traveling? On vacation somewhere? Sorry. You might not be covered. —IDoNotExist

2008-04-13 11:40:36   I went in today (sunday) and saw Dr. Kalman. He was extremely helpful and I was so glad that urgent care was open on the weekend. THANKS!!! —tgdavis

2008-06-18   NOTE: The (already high) visit prices have gone up as of 6/16/2008 by $5. Unsure whether prices have gone up for other things. I reflected the new visit prices above.

2008-10-29 21:31:13   I've never had a serious problem with the health center until now, when I realized how completely incompetent the doctors are. I went in for a women's annual exam, and the doctor spent a long time hardcore convincing me to go on the depo shot. She mentioned a couple side effects, but failed to mention that there is a side effect of depression... she neglected to check my chart to see I'm bipolar. I've been extremely depressed ever since, sleeping all day, become agitated with everyone around me, and lack the energy and motivation to do my school work. It's way worse than any depression I've experienced before. The best part is there's no way to correct this, so I'm doomed to wait until the shot loses it's effectiveness (3 MONTHS). I seriously may have to drop out of school this quarter because it's so bad. Thanks health center! —court

2009-02-19 09:22:13   Although the student health center offers affordable healthcare, the people (except for the doctors) are so difficult. They insist on giving you appointments days later—their justification is that unless you are dying (in which case you would go to urgent care) you can wait—and are snappy, unhelpful, and rude. This has happened to me more than once... Also, the staff insists that you speak to a nurse first and sometimes only a nurse—some of which are straight up incompetent. —student626

Depressed people depress me. Keep your comments to your selfs. Depression i feel is just an excuse for lazy, unmotivated boring people...

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