Keep the SHWC Free for All Students.

Keep the SHWC Free for All Students.

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Adam Rutledge started this petition to University of North Texas

The Student Health and Wellness Center was a crucial resource for students because it gave us the space to see a doctor without incurring any fees. This allowed students to use that money for prescriptions or over the counter medications that would allow us to get better and get back to class or work. It is hard to be a full-time student and a full-time laborer, and a full-time adult with full-time bills. In this position, you don't have much income. Having this free resource took the shame and stigma out of seeking medical assistance because you knew off the batt where you could go. It allowed financially indigent students to access this resource right on campus as many of us don't have a reliable means of transportation. It made students more likely to seek out and schedule medical services because it was simple, free, and convenient. 

Now, there is a new policy effective on campus that has allowed the SHWC to accept health insurance; that is great for students who are covered, but it leaves many students without any access and little to no resources. We all have to pay toward the SHWC every single semester, and should not have to pay extra to use it. It was never an issue before. Why has that changed?

There are many other doctors in Denton who accept insurance. Why did we need to take away the only free, on-campus medical services in exchange for yet another? 

 

 

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