moneyWe know what you’re thinking. The school’s health insurance is already so high quality, how could it possibly get any better? Well, for 2011-12 UC Berkeley will join the new UC SHIP plan, which covers over 130,000 UC students and actually cuts costs. Here are some improvements to the system:

  • the generic prescription pay was lowered from $15 to $5
  • the co-insurance coverage was raised from 80 percent to 90 percent
  • there is now a dependent plan option for children and partners

The Tang Center still isn’t exactly the paragon of medical practice, but these lower costs definitely help.

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UC Berkeley joins new UC SHIP for 2011-12 [University Health Services via UC NewsCenter]

3443810757_d4f8b67ebfAfter discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

When it comes to your health, it’s a good idea to be cautious, especially considering this tidbit of delightful research: 1 out of 14 patients are never given their “bad” test results for minor problems like, you know, cancer.

It might not be apocalyptic so much as fairly unnerving. But the California HealthCare Foundation’s study only serves to confirm our underlying conviction that doctors don’t always know what they’re talking about–if they’re even talking at all. Although in this case it’s seemingly more the fault of bureaucracy, which we’re always more than willing to criticize.

Oh, and even if you do manage to get your hands on that unfortunate diagnosis, you might lose your health insurance on the cusp of major surgery anyway if you failed to properly chronicle your entire medical history.

Bleck, blah and also, blurgh.

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Study: Bad test results often don’t reach patients [NPR]
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A study shows that Berkeley residents have longer lives. We hope you like hippies. A lot.

The average life expectancy in Berkeley is 83, which surpasses the nation’s 78, Alameda County’s 79, San Francisco’s 80 and California’s 79. And these are the averages!

Damn. These people are old.

You want more statistics? Let’s talk numbers. Only about 10 percent of residents smoke—residents who are quite arguably all the student smokers (we’re looking at you, FSM hangers-on). Eight percent of adults have no health insurance. Berkeley is also somewhat “skinny” in that only 25 percent of its residents are overweight and obese. That’s less than the national average. We still think it’s kinda fat though.

Looking at race and health in Berkeley also shows some socioeconomic disparity. Berkeley has a lot of rich, educated white people, who tend to have better healthcare and “less stressful lives,” as the Chron puts it. Blacks have it harder, simply put.

bq. “Basically, white people in Berkeley are living longer than African American people,” Dill said. “It’s not any individual’s fault. It’s a combination of factors all playing out together.”

The Chron mentions factors like location of black neighborhoods, diminished presence of parks and grocery stores, and prevalence of crime.

At least Berkeley can boast the old people. We’re sure there’s plenty of talk about the war and how movies used to cost only a nickel and there was no such thing as this newfangled Internets.

We mean, Berkeley even has a 94-year-old aerobics instructor. Now that’s just silly. They should be leading the tantric sex seminar. Wait a minute—they probably are leading the tantric sex seminar.

Living in Berkeley means longer life, study finds [SF Chronicle]