Your Health Care Coverage
As a student at the University of Illinois, you pay two fees at registration; these cover services that should meet most of your health care needs.
The Health Service Fee is pre-payment for services provided by McKinley Health Center and the Counseling Center. This fee is mandatory for most students and optional for several categories of part-time students.
The Student Health Insurance Fee pays for the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. This plan provides worldwide coverage with the student’s choice of provider and is for care received outside of McKinley Health Center. Students are required either to pay this fee or to document that they have other health insurance coverage equivalent to the University plan.
McKinley Health Center and the Student Health Insurance Plan provide separate, but complementary services.
The Health Service Fee pays for the primary services provided at McKinley
- Care by a provider
- Diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays and lab tests
- Some medications dispensed by the McKinley pharmacy
- Preventive health and educational services
- Mental health services
The Health Service Fee does not pay for
- Care received outside McKinley Health Center
- Immunizations required by law prior to entrance to the University
- Travel immunizations
- Some medications
*Sometimes, a McKinley provider may feel that it is appropriate to refer a patient to a community specialist. Charges for these outside services are the responsibility of the student, but may be covered by insurance. We recommend that you check with your insurance carrier before receiving medical services outside McKinley. If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan, call 333-0165 to clarify coverage or visit their web site at: http://www.si.illinois.edu/.
Patient care when McKinley is closed
The Dial-A-Nurse at 333-2700 can answer your questions when the Health Center is closed. If you feel that your problem cannot wait until McKinley opens, you can obtain care at the emergency department of either Carle Foundation Hospital or Provena Covenant Medical Center. Any charges for care outside McKinley are your responsibility. If medication is prescribed for you, we recommend that you purchase only enough to cover your needs until McKinley opens and then secure the rest at the Health Center.
If you have questions about the Health Service Fee or other McKinley Health Center services, please call McKinley Health Center Administration at 333-2711.