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University Health Service (UHS)

Referrals to Specialists

If your UHS primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) considers an evaluation by a specialist necessary, s/he will refer you to a specialist. If transportation is a problem for you, please mention this to your provider so s/he can try to refer you to someone in the vicinity of the University.

You may want to contact your insurance company before your visit to check whether you need a referral and whether the cost of the visit will be covered by your insurance plan. Many insurance plans do not cover the cost of visits to specialists.

Payment for Visits to Specialists

The method of payment for visits to specialists will depend on the individual physician's office and billing practices. You may be expected to pay the bill yourself, or you may be able to provide the physician's office with your insurance contract number, so the claim can be submitted directly. If your insurance plan requires a co-payment for visits to specialists, you will be expected to pay the co-payment at the time of your visit. We recommend checking with the physician's office about payment when you schedule your appointment.

Laboratory Tests & Procedures

If you have diagnostic laboratory tests or other procedures (e.g., wart removal, biopsies, Pap smear, surgical procedures) performed during your visit, you will be charged separately for these procedures. Do not assume the physician's office is knowledgeable about your insurance coverage. It is a good idea to verify your coverage with your insurance company before receiving services.

Insurance Coverage

For students covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) through UHS:

For patients on other insurance plans (i.e., not the UR Student BC/BS Insurance):

For Questions About Billing & Insurance


For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or ldudman@uhs.rochester.edu.

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Last modified: Thursday, 19-May-2011 13:48:52 EDT