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Health Insurance, Immunizations & Health Care

Visiting students and visiting scholars each have their own health insurance and immunization requirements.

Accessing Health Care in the United States

The United States has a strong and well-known reputation for quality health care services. These services include:

  • Routine and preventative care
  • Urgent care for accidents and emergencies
  • Comprehensive health management for diagnosed conditions

All healthcare providers must be trained and licensed to practice medicine. While emergency care will be provided to anyone in need without question, health care services in the United States are extremely expensive. It is important to plan ahead for the health needs of yourself and your accompanying family while visiting the University.

To locate a doctor in the area that is covered by your insurance, see your health insurance policy or contact your insurance provider.

Glossary of Health Care Terms

Emergency Departments

Also referred to as the “ER,” an emergency room is the department of the hospital responsible for immediate treatment for acute illnesses, severe trauma, and accidents. No one is turned away from a visit to the Emergency Department. However, these visits may be extremely expensive and are recommended only in states of emergency.

ER locations near the University include:

Strong Emergency Department
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642
+1 (585) 275-4551

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
+1 (585) 473-2200

Unity Hospital
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626
+1 (585) 723-7070

Urgent Care

Urgent care is primarily a walk-in clinic focused on the treatment of injuries and illnesses requiring immediate care, but that are not serious enough to require an ER visit.

Urgent care locations near the University include:

Unity Walk-In Care Center
89 Genesee St
Rochester, NY 14611
+1 (585) 368-3531


Often referred to as a “drug store,” a pharmacy is a store where medicinal drugs are dispensed and sold. Prescription drugs are available only with a physician’s prescription. Over-the-counter medications are available without a physician’s prescription.

Other important information about pharmacies in the United States:

  • Many medications and items are available without a prescription in other countries but are not available without a prescription in the US
  • Foreign prescriptions are generally not accepted at most pharmacies
  • Prescription medications may be covered by your insurance, or you may only pay a small fee or co-pay. Reference your health insurance coverage policy or contact your policy provider.

Additional On-Campus Resources

At Rochester, the University’s CARE Network helps identify students in or heading toward, distress. With timely and appropriate support, the network can ensure students access the services and resources they need to thrive.

The CARE Network is most effective when the University community shares information about its students in distress. You can:

Learn more about the network on the CARE website.


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