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Although Ann Arbor has one of the highest numbers of doctors per capita in the country, this city is not an easy place to obtain health care. Good health care is even more difficult to find. There is a sizeable number of private doctors in the city but finding one that suits your financial abilities is difficult. Perhaps y ou 'II find a doctor who was highly recommended to you and who only charges $J5 or $20 for the initial visit. Then you 've got waiting lisis to deal with; you mightfind that an appointment can be made, but in three months f rom now. The private doctor route is not a recommended one. t is wiser to keep to clinics ofsome sort, although there is no gaurantee that you 'II get satisfactory health care. There are ways though in which you can help yourself obtain good health care. The key is to ask a lot of questions. Don 't let a medical term slip by you without your full understanding of tl Doctors often confuse their patients by using technical phrases in describing an illness; always ask for an explanation. Don 't be afraid to look at your chart;you lucve ever y right to do so. You don 't have to sneak a look either; ask your doctor ifyou can see what he 's fust written. Doctors often make a lot ofmoney doing unnecessary tests and operations (yes!) on unknowing patients. It is important to be aware of the reasons a doctor is doing something, whether it be givingyou a blood test, taking an x-ray, or performing a hysterectomy. Doctoft are responsible to the patiënt; the patiënt has a right to know why something is being done to herhim. The patiënt also has a right to refuse a request by a doctor ifheshe thinks it uncalled for. The following is a description of the available health care facilities in Ann Arbor: UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT CLINIC consists of a Medicine walk -in Clinic (on the third floor of the outpatient building, open Monday-Friday 9-3:30pm)and Specialty Clinics. You need a referral from a doctor to be admitted to one of the specialty clinics. Either a phone cali or a letter from another doctor will do. ST. JOE'S WALK IN CLINIC is located at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital. Appointments are not needed but the waits are considerably long. It is open from 6-10 pm on Mondays through Fridays. There is a $10 fee upon registering which does not include the additional physician's fees and medication costs. This facility was established by St. Joe's upon pressure from the county to offer services (inexpensive and accessible) to the community at large. Obviously, their $10 minimum fee makes them a less than accessible facility. Keeping in mind their agreement that the clinic serve the needy community, they have said that they will not insisl on payment of bilis. Patients are of course asked to pay but the'y will not bring the bilis to a collection agency if you refuse to pay them. When you register, identification is not required. UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICE is free for students on a walkin basis. (Certain clinics are exceptions.) It is open Mondays to Fridays 8-5 pm. SÜMMIT MEDICAL CENTER is a general medicine clinic which serves certain low income geographic áreas. PACKARD COMMUNITY CLINIC (3174 Packard) is a model cities project which will serve anyone and operates on a sliding scale basis. It also has a dental clinic. The FREE PEOPLES CLINIC provides a radical alternative to the traditional medical establishment. Largely volunteer staffed, it is located on 225 E. l!roerty. The services include general medicine, gynecology,gay advocacy, and nutrition, birth control, abortion, and venereal disease counseling. The official policy of the clinic is that it does not admit students. ..But they are aware of the problems students might encounter at health service and are flexible. The doors are open at 6:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The clinic takes a limited load of 10 patients per night and has extensive resources for referral to other facilities. There are trained advocates who are willing to accompany patients to other hospitals or clinics, for assurance of satisfactory health care. i There is no charge for any of these services.