The University provides a student health service primarily for the 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 frequently closed when residence halls are closed.
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.
These 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.
Students should remember that if they are covered by personal or parental insurance it is essential that an insurance policy number be in their possession.
Students who do not have health insurance should obtain it. The University does not provide or sell insurance to students; however, information from an outside company which sells insurance to students is available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services in the Bonnor House at 678-839-6423.
International students are required to have health insurance. For information, the student should contact the International Student Advisor.