Tips for Visiting Off-Campus Health Clinics
Most likely, this is the first time you′ve sought medical attention without an adult present. If you don′t know what′s expected of you, or what kind of information will be required, your first medical appointments can be kind of scary. That′s why we′ve developed the list below. Learn to take responsibility for your physical health, and don′t be be afraid of asking questions. And if you don′t understand something, feel free to call or come by the Health Center to talk to us.
Take your health insurance information, photo ID and co-pay with you. Most medical service providers will not provide treatment without a payment guarantor. Students and their parents are responsible for charges from off-campus medical services.
- Ask directions to the medical facility if you do not know where it is located. There′s almost nothing worse than getting lost when you don′t feel well.
- If you will be seeking follow-up treatment at the Health Center, ask the off campus healthcare provider for copies of all documentation, or sign a release of information so Health Center staff will know what follow-up services you will need.
- You are an adult. Unless you sign a release of information, the healthcare provider cannot talk with your parents or other parties about your treatment (except in certain situations).
- If you do not have your own transportation, ask a friend for help in getting to your medical appointment.
- If you need to be admitted to the hospital, let college administrators know. They can help you arrange course work and other details while you are hospitalized.