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Taking Care of Your Health in the U.S.

Unlike many countries around the world, the United States does not have a nationalized healthcare system. This means that individuals are responsible to either pay for their own treatment out of pocket or purchase health insurance to help cover the cost of their medical bills. In addition, in the current healthcare environment in the United States, medical costs are perhaps the highest in the world. Universities in the United States have developed multi-tiered strategies to ensure the health of its students so that the overall university community is as health as can be and also so that students can maintain their own health as they pursue their academic endeavors.

Tulane University's 3-Tiered Student Health Strategy

Requiring immunizations (Links to an external site.) from all students.

The state of Louisiana and Tulane University require students to have proof of immunization compliance. Your health care provider must document ALL requirements on the Tulane Immunization Compliance Form (Links to an external site.). Students will submit completed immunization compliance forms through the Patient Portal (Links to an external site.).

Failure to meet this requirement by the deadline will result in a registration hold placed on your account, which will prevent you from making any changes to their class schedule and/or registering for spring classes.

Requiring students to have appropriate student health insurance. (Links to an external site.)

New students who are degree seeking and/or Tulane University sponsored students in J-1 status are required to have health insurance with the Tulane-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP) (Links to an external site.) This requirement also applies to degree-seeking students who may live off campus, participate in out-of-town internships or study abroad for any length of time during the academic year.

As of the 2020-2021 academic year, Tulane University requires all international students to enroll in T-SHIP. Newly enrolled Tulane international students will be automatically enrolled in T-SHIP and no action is required.

If you have questions, go to the Let's Talk App here. (Links to an external site.)

Your Insurance ID Card

You should access and print your health insurance ID card once you have created a user name and password to access your UHCSR "MyAccount". Visit the account creation page (Links to an external site.) and follow the on-screen prompts. You may also call United Healthcare Student Resources at (800) 767-0700 to request a health insurance ID card to be mailed to your current address. Please present your card at all healthcare visits.

Providing on-campus health and wellness services (Links to an external site.)

Learn more about all of the health and wellness services you have access to at Tulane University.

Tulane's Student Health Center

Campus Health's high-quality medical, counseling, and health promotion services are designed to help you get better (or stay well) so that you can minimize disruptions and discomforts due to injury and illness. 

Campus Health's Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and affirming community of care for all students. Our interdisciplinary team fosters personal, emotional and academic well-being by offering comprehensive therapeutic services, outreach and prevention programs, and consultative relationships throughout Tulane.

Visit the website for complete information.

The Well for Health Promotion

The Well for Health Promotion (The Well) provides resources, programs, and services that help Tulane students make healthy choices in support of their academic, personal and professional goals.

The Well is devoted to engaging the Tulane community in creating a healthier campus, building individual capacity for health, and reducing barriers to wellness. We embrace a positive, holistic, social justice-oriented definition of health, and provide research-informed programming that acknowledges that well-being, engaged learning, academic success, citizenship, and openness to diversity are inextricably connected.

We provide resources on health topics relevant to the experience of university students that includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Sexual Health
  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Health Care Costs

Prepare to have to spend money. Regardless of what insurance plan you have, you will probably have to pay some more money to receive services, treatment and/or medicines.  You should prepare for this by including miscellaneous health care expenses in your monthly budget.  Examples of the types and amounts of money you might pay are:

  • $10 co pay for medicine
  • $50 co pay for a specialist doctor appointment
  • $200 co pay for emergency room visit
  • $250 deductible for medical incident. 
  • 10% of your medical costs So if you have a $20,000 appendectomy, you would pay the first $250 (deductible) and then 10% of the remaining expenses  which would be $1975.

Your Campus Health Fee (Links to an external site.) gives you access to health care on campus but you will have some out of pocket expenses.