Frequently Asked Questions


Am I eligible to use Student Health Services?

All students registered for credit classes at The University of Southern Mississippi are eligible to use the Student Health Service. Spouses of eligible students, who are not students themselves, and dependent children above the age of 12 may receive health care at USM SHS on a fee-for-service basis payable at time of visit. Services are also available for University faculty and staff on a fee-for service basis. 

What is the Cost?

There is a $20 co-pay for all patients to see one of our providers. Any labwork, x-rays, injections or medications have an additional fee depending on the service or medication. These services are all at a reduced rate compared to other clincal services in our area. Our clinic and pharmacy accept many insurances so be sure to present your insurance card before paying to see if any of your fees are covered.

What insurances do you accept?

We currently accept Aetna, Assurant Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield MS and surronding states, Cigna, HealthFirst, Humana, Tri Care and United Health Care in our clinic.  We are only in net work with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (this includes State and School Employees).   

What if my co-pay for my insurance is more than the $20 fee? Do I have to pay more?

No, even if you present your insurance and your co-pay is normally more such as $25 you still will only pay the $20 fee for seeing one of our providers. That $20 will go towards your overall deductable so be sure to present your insurance.

Can I get a prescription filled if it was written by a doctor outside of the clinic?

Yes, as long as we have the medication available.

What if I can't pay for services at the time?

You can charge all fees from the clinic and pharmacy to your student ID and pay them later with the business office.

If I am traveling out of the country what vaccines do I need to take and are they offered at Student Health Services?

We offer vaccines and immunizations students need when traveling out of the country. Vaccines specific to your destination can be found on the CDC website (click here) or by contacting our clinic.

Can I get a copy of my medical records?

Yes, we will give you a copy of your medical records.  Additional charges may apply.  (check or cash only)

Can I get an excuse not for missing class or work?

We will give you an excuse note for any missed class or work for the time of your appointment and duration of your illness.  If you need more than one excuse or lose your original copy, you can get a duplicate for an additional $5.00 (cash or check only).



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