Most currently enrolled U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus have few expenses at UHS because they are covered by the health service fee. This page explains why and how.
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What is the health service fee? It is a mandatory fee that most currently enrolled U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus pay as part of tuition. It provides coverage for many services at UHS (described below). It is not a form of health insurance and should not be confused with optional health insurance or the Tuition Refund Plan. The health service fee is not separable from a student’s tuition nor is it refundable because of any health insurance a student may already carry.
Who is covered by the health service fee? Currently enrolled U-M students on the Ann Arbor campus are covered, which means:
Students who are currently taking regular classes on the Ann Arbor campus
PhD students on the Ann Arbor campus
Who is NOT covered by the health service fee?
Students in programs that do not pay the health service fee, specifically:
Academic Outreach Programs
Ross School of Business Evening, Weekend and Executive MBA Programs
School of Dentistry Online Hygiene Program
School of Medicine Student Fellows
School of Nursing Off-Campus Programs and On Job/On Campus Programs
School of Public Health: Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health Online and On Job/On Campus Programs
Study Abroad Students
U-M Exchange StudentsTraveling Scholars
U-M Short Courses
Students from U-M Flint or Dearborn campuses
Students who are not taking regular classes over spring and/or summer term
Students on leaves of absence
Students who have withdrawn from all classes before the defined withdrawal date (see Withdrawing from a Term on the Registrar's Office website)
Post Doctorate Fellows
Periods of coverage: The health service fee covers services during the term and for approximately one week before and two weeks after the term, called grace periods. Grace periods vary by school, so please contact the UHS Business Office at 734-764-7380 for specific dates for your school.
Free -- The health service fee covers the following (so currently enrolled students pay no additional fees):
Clinic visits (e.g. medical clinics, women's health, specialty clinics, nurse visits, etc.)
Eye care for medical problems (does not include routine eye exams, glasses, contact lenses)
Most laboratory tests
Advice by telephone
Fees -- The health service fee does NOT cover the following, even if ordered by a UHS clinician (so students pay additional fees):
Durable medical equipment and supplies for home use
Medications (prescription and non-prescription)
Routine eye exams, glasses and contact lenses
Tuberculosis skin tests (unless part of International Mandatory Tuberculosis Screening)
Certain laboratory tests including genetic testing, antibody titers that are not medically necessary, tests required solely for administrative purposes (e.g. employment, fellowship, immigration) and tests that are not related to active health problems
Services received between terms (students may wish to consider the UHS Prepaid Plan for coverage between terms)
Services outside UHS -- Students are responsible for all health care costs incurred outside of UHS, including at UM Health System (hospitals and clinics)
Students should have health insurance to help pay costs not covered by the health service fee. If you do not have health insurance, consider purchasing the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan.
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