Health Services provides primary health care for the student population on campus, much like the health care received from a primary care provider. Our mission is to provide quality health care, educational and preventive health services.
- Primary Health Care
- Women's Health Care
- Health Counseling
- Allergy Immunizations
- Athletic or Employment Physicals
- Men's Health Care
- Nutrition and Exercise Counseling
- Illnesses and Injuries
The basic clinic visit fees for the 2012-2013 academic year are:
These fees cover the clinician services and some of the supplies and procedures performed at Health Services. However, there are additional charges for laboratory tests, medications, immunizations, and some procedures. Diagnostic studies and referral physicians' fees will be charged appropriately.
The fees established are nominal. The student is billed for what they use, based on the purchase price paid for that item. Appropriate medical care is never withheld because of inability to pay.
There are no charges for health information, health education, and nutrition and exercise counseling.
All charges are the student's responsibility, however no money is necessary at the time of the visit. Any Health Services fees will be billed to the student's Penn State account. Two copies of the original bill will be given to the student at the time of visit. One copy can be sent to the insurance carrier for possible reimbursement, and the other should be kept for the student's records. The visit may also be paid for with cash or check made out to Penn State University. If the charge is posted to the student's account, the Bursar's office will post your bill online. This statement will include the date the bill was posted to your account, the words "Health Center", and the amount of the charge.
If you have scheduled an appointment at Health Services and do not cancel it, you will incur a "No Show Charge".
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our fees or billing policies, please contact us at 570-450-3029, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Absences and Excuses
Health Services does not provide class excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from class. If one of our providers sees you when you are ill, we can provide you with documentation of the date and time of your visit. We cannot verify illness over the phone or if we have not seen you.
For routine illness-related absences, students should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their situation, ideally before they miss a class, exam, or other evaluative activity.
Health Services does not have any contracts for direct payment with any health insurance companies for clinic or ancillary services and it does not direct bill insurance companies. We regret any inconvenience this policy may cause for students and parents. However, because we treat students from all over the United States and the world, there would need to be contracts with hundreds of insurance companies.
Therefore, you are responsible for paying all bills you incur for clinic visits, medication and certain procedures.
However, you can submit the receipt for services to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. You should find out ahead of time if your insurance will cover all or part of your care at Health Services, as there may be restrictions on primary care outside of the insurance company's network. If you are unsure of your coverage, please contact the customer service department of your insurance plan. Most companies list their phone number on the back of the insurance card.
Sometimes, insurance companies have follow-up questions that are easily answered by us and may prevent a delay in your reimbursement. For this reason, you will be asked to sign an authorization to allow Health Services to release medical information to your insurance company.
Health insurance is strongly recommended for all students. The student should be aware of the coverage and limitations of their individual policies. Each year Penn State selects a student insurance plan and makes it available to students who either have no insurance coverage or who need supplemental insurance. You can receive more information on this insurance by calling the insurance office at University Park at 814-865-7467 or by visiting the Student Health Insurance website.
All medical records are strictly confidential and are seen only by the Health Services staff who have a need to see them in order to provide care. All health care personnel adhere to established ethical principles and codes of professional practice including patient confidentiality, privacy, dignity and informed consent. Although this high degree of confidentiality is often a concern to parents seeking information, medical information is released only with the student's written consent, or by court-appointed subpoena.
The University environment is a community within communities. It reflects the larger global society, and is consistent in its integration of diverse cultures, spheres of influence and interest that characterize the human experience. Through mission and goal statements universities and colleges identify areas of leadership and collaboration to address the needs of the societies they represent and reflect.
The Health and Counseling Service of Penn State, Hazleton is in an unique position to actively participate in the educational, research and service missions of the University. Its mission statement, grounded in the principles of public health and social responsibility identifies roles and activities that characterize the contributions of the professionals involved in the services and programs of the department.
It is the mission of the Health and Counseling Service:
- to make a difference in the lives and experiences of the students of Penn State Hazleton
- to do justice to the potential of each individual to think, to learn, to create, to adapt
This mission is accomplished through a variety of activities that characterize
- research through the roles of
These activities and roles are defined by the attributes
This mission statement is understood and espoused by each of the professionals at the Health and Counseling Service. It is understood that this mission statement is essential to all interactions with each student and within the diverse communities of interest that constitute the collegiate experience.
DISCLAIMER: The information found on this site is intended as educational information only. You SHOULD NOT rely on the information to make any medical or other decisions for treatment. Any medical or other decisions should be made in consultation with your health care provider. University Health Services will not be liable for any complication, injuries or other medical accidents arising from or in connection with the use of or reliance upon any information on the Web.
Physical exams are required only for students participating in intercollegiate athletics. The form must be signed by the student's physician and returned to Dr. Tom Caccese, Athletic Director at Penn State, Hazleton campus. The student may also receive a physical exam for sports in our health services department. For appointment , call 570-450-3029
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