Campus healthcare crisis
wng | June 19, 2019
Lawsuits filed last week against Ohio State University and UCLA claim the schools did not do enough to protect students from sexual abuse by campus doctors. The accusations echo those at several other universities across the country and raise troubling concerns about the safety of students who seek care at campus health centers.A study published in 2015 by the Journal of American College Health found that about 16 percent of students at 23 participating universities sought preventive care at a campus health center at least once a year. College students face increased health risks from stress, communal living conditions, and exposure to drugs and alcohol, according to a report released in April by Statista, a global provider of market and consumer data. Since many of these young adults are living on their own for the first time, they grapple with the added stress of navigating healthcare services independently, often for complicated conditions like anxiety, depression, and infectious diseases.