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3.13 UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICE

 

The purpose of the University Health Service is to provide high-quality, low-cost, ambulatory health care and related services to the students of The University of Alabama; to educate the University community concerning health issues and prevention strategies; to develop collaborative relationships with related academic areas; and to provide both teaching and learning opportunities to our students and faculty. Students taking more than 4 hours of coursework pay a mandatory student health fee as part of their tuition and are thus eligible for care. Students taking 4 hours or less may waive the health fee, and if they waive the health fee, they are not eligible for care. Health services are not available during the holiday periods when the University is not officially in session. As a registration requirement, all new students born in or after 1957 must provide proof of immunization with two measles-containing vaccines after their first birthday; one of these vaccinations must have been an MMR and must have been given after 1980. All new students must be appropriately screened for tuberculosis within the last year as a registration requirement.

 

The Student Health Center (SHC) is a modern facility designed especially for the University Health Service's purposes. The service is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and is the only accredited student health service in the state of Alabama to earn this distinction.

 

Outpatient Services

Full clinical services are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays (except game days) and Sundays. (During Interim term and the summer session, the health center closes at 5:00 p.m. weekdays and is not open on the weekend.) Students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments with the health care provider by calling (205) 348-APPT. Care consists of general medicine, women's health, counseling and psychological services, and minor surgery. Referrals to appropriate specialists are available. The cost of the specialized care is the responsibility of the student.

 

Any student requiring services not available at the health center will be transferred or referred elsewhere at the student's expense, under the care of a physician of the student's choice. Ambulance service is not furnished.

 

Charges

The student health fee provides access to all Student Health Center (SHC) services and covers the cost of SHC's nursing, assessment, triage, health education, health promotion, and counseling services. As is true in other health care settings, there is a charge for office visits with SHC's health care providers, X-rays, and laboratory tests. SHC accepts all health insurance plans and will bill your insurance carrier for these services. SHC provides health care for all students whether or not they have health insurance and without regard for their ability to pay for services.

 

SHC charges for any co-payments required under students' health insurance plans, and there are fees for certain products and services such as orthopedic appliances issued and prescriptions filled at our pharmacy. The student is responsible for fees for any services of non-staff physicians or consultants and for the costs of hospitalization or services other than those provided at the Student Health Center.

 

The Student Health Center is located at 750 5th Avenue East. For more information, contact The University of Alabama, SHC, Box 870360, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0360; telephone (205) 348-2778.
 


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