The University provides a student health service primarily for diagnosis, first aid, and treatment of patients with minor or short term acute illnesses or injuries. These services are provided under the supervision of a physician. Health Service is open weekdays throughout the semester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Summer semester hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Health Service is closed during official holidays.
While most illnesses are treated by the staff in the University Health Service, sometimes it is necessary to refer a student to other medical personnel or facilities for special services such as X-ray, surgery, and dentistry. Whenever this occurs, or whenever a student chooses the services of medical personnel or facilities other than those available at Health Service, the expenses for such services are paid by the student. Prenatal care cannot be provided by Health Service. Any prescriptions needed and not stocked at Health Service must be purchased at an outside pharmacy at the student's expense.
Many tests done within the Health Service laboratory are included in the students' health fee. Other lab tests done in house or processed by Carrollton or Atlanta laboratories are charged to the student at cost. X-rays at Tanner Medical Center also are charged to the student.
Students may be referred by the Health Service's staff to the emergency room at Tanner Medical Center, the local hospital. In such cases, the hospital will consider the student responsible financially. Students are responsible for all medical expenses related to treatment off-campus, including ambulance transportation.
Therefore, if they are covered by personal or parents' insurance, they should have an insurance policy number in their possession.
Students who do not have health insurance should obtain it. The University System of Georgia has contracted with Pearce & Pearce, Inc. to provide insurance for students. For more information, please contact the Graduate School Office at 678-839-6419.
Graduate Assistants are required to have health insurance through Pearce & Pearce, Inc. For more information, students should contact the Graduate School. International students also are required to have health insurance through Pearce & Pearce. For more information, they should contact the International Student Advisor.