January 29, 2004


We are meeting as a group, in flesh and blood (we do a lot of organizing online for those tied to the computer) on Feb 10th at 5:00 PM in Cobb 304. We still need more bodies, so please come if you are free.

The petition is going well and we are soon going to send it to the President with all the signatures. As such, if you know your department has not received the email about the petition please pass it along! We need all the exposure we can get.

Thanks for your support.

Posted by sos at 10:13 PM

January 23, 2004

Substandard care at the U of C hospital

I recently was referred to the U of C Gynecological Oncology Dept. by the Student Care Center for testing. The doctor I visited was unpleasant, patronizing, and incompetent -- he did not perform the correct test, which I had to have repeated. However, Chickering will only pay for one such test in a year, and as a consequence I had to pay several thousand dollars to be tested twice. I would advise other women to avoid the U of C Gynecology division; patient care is clearly not their primary concern.

Posted by sos at 10:48 AM

January 22, 2004

Access to Doctors

The University *is* trying to save student costs on health insurance, but the
news is not good.

As a result of the University's cost-cutting measures it is now nearly
impossible to see an actual doctor.

Students who make an appointment at the student health clinic will more than
likely only meet with a Nurse Practioner (NP). The result is substandard
health care -- tentative diagnoses, tentative implementation of physicians'
recommendations following major or minor procedures, and a tremendous loss of
time as students must continually go back and forth between NPs and physicians
either to have a consulting physicians' orders implemented or getting requested
ither to have a consulting physicians' orders implemented or getting requested
procedures cleared (updating prescriptions, X-rays, requesting an actual

The resulting quality of care is substandard, and characteristic of the "silent
inflation" of health care costs. I find it hard to imagine that it saves
anyone (patient, hospital, insurance company) any time in the process.

We live in a community that has a world-class hospital. Why should it be so
hard to take advantage of it ? What members of the "University community" are
able to access UofC doctors

Posted by sos at 12:28 PM

January 21, 2004

The SOSHI Petition

SOSHI has drafted an Internet Petition addressed to the President Randel.

This is a chance for you to express your concerns about the skyrocketing costs of health insurance at this University and help fellow students force the administration to begin to take concrete steps that will hopefully alleviate the problem in years to come.

Posted by sos at 08:26 AM

January 16, 2004

Maroon Viewpoint response

SOSHI Viewpoint Letter

Posted by sos at 08:56 AM

January 12, 2004

Petition coming soon

We are in the process of drafting a petition for the students to sign. It should be up by the end of the week. If you would like to help flyer for the campaign please email sos@healthhackero.org

Posted by sos at 02:25 PM