A poll of 836 students conducted at three Caifornia State Universities in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose shows that about one-third of California college students are uninsured. The primary reason? Because they believe they can't afford it, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The results of the survey run counter to a widely held belief that students think they are immune to accidents or poor health, so health coverage isn’t deemed necessary, according to Walter Zelman, the chairman of the Department of Public Health at Cal State L.A.

In the survey, 79 percent of students said they could not afford health insurance, and only 9 percent said they didn’t need or want it.

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