Student Health Services appreciates that parents and guardians care about the health and wellness of their children attending UTSA. Our professional staff carry your concerns with each student, for many of us are parents too. Assure yourself that the care your student receives at Student Health Services is quality and highly confidential. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
Send off your student to UTSA with PROOF of health insurance. Unexpected medical situations may occur in the course of the academic year. If your student is covered by your private health insurance, provide them with a copy of the card and/or insurance plan and keep it in a wallet or any place most accessible for them. Help them navigate through the health plan's website, paying special attention to the list of in-network medical clinics in San Antonio. If your student is not covered by health insurance, consider enrolling in the Student Health Insurance.
Regardless of insurance status, there is no charge for visits at Student Health Services to registered students. These visits are covered by the student health fees. However, the cost of lab work and prescriptions are not covered and these costs are the responsibility of the student.
Inform your student about past medical history and family medical history. This is important information when the medical provider is assessing your student.
Inform your student of the types of vaccinations they have taken. It's even better that they have a copy of their vaccination record. This makes it easier for the medical staff to determine future vaccinations and provide recommendations.
Teach your student to be responsible for his/her health. Let them know the signs of a need for medical attention and to get yearly checks.
Prepare your student if he/she has a chronic medical condition that requires a specialist. Student Health Services serves ambulatory students only. If your student has a chronic medical condition, it is best to plan their medical care in advance. Speak to the student's physician/specialist ahead of time to determine the best course of action and options during their time at school. If your student is covered through your own medical insurance, refer to the medical specialists listed in San Antonio, Texas in the plan's list of providers.
Inform your student to take advantage of the services offered on campus. UTSA has a multitude of programs and services for students. These are to ensure the success of your student's college experience. Student Health Services is interested in maintaining the health and wellness of your student and we provide prevention education through Health Education, a wellness component of Student Health Services.
Support your freshmen student on requirements. Freshmen 17 years and under must submit a Student Health History Form prior to attending college. All incoming Freshmen must complete Alcohol Edu during posted dates. Click on Alcohol Edu for more details.
Support patient confidentiality. Students age 18 years and older are legally adults and therefore clinic staff are unable to discuss your student's medical visit with anyone, including parents. However, your student's information can be shared if he/she signs the Release of Information form on the Forms and submits the completed form to Student Health Services.