Who's Eligible for Care?
Student Medical Services provides high quality, confidential, holistic health care services to our diverse student population while minimizing costs. We are committed to maintaining the physical and mental well being of our students to enhance educational experience and overall academic success. Dependents and/or spouses of enrolled students are not eligible for services unless enrolled as a student. Faculty and staff of WTAMU are not eligible for services.
Texas law requires all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination. This law also requires that the meningitis vaccination occurs within a five-year period before the student arrives at school.
This applies to all new incoming students, under the age of 22, regardless of living on or off campus or any student, that sits out a long semester.
For more information on the meningitis vaccine requirements and forms: www.wtamu.edu/meningitis
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The center is open only when school is in session and is closed during Intercession, weekends and WTAMU holidays. The front desk will be open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for administrative purposes.
Call 806-651-3287 (806-651-DCTR) or schedule an appointment online. Appointments are required and we make every effort to work around class and work schedules. Students must be currently enrolled and present their Buffalo Gold Card. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please contact Medical Services so another student may be scheduled.
As a patient of Student Medical Services, it will be your responsibility to keep scheduled appointments. The clinic will consider a no show/non-cancellation appointment at any time a patient has not given advanced notice within 1 hour of the appointment time or has failed to arrive within 5 minutes of their appointment time. All no show appointments are charged a $15 non-cancellation fee per occurrence. No walk-ins -- appointment required.
Be sure to bring your Buffalo Gold Card and your insurance card with you to every appointment to your appointment! You will need your Buffalo Gold card to enter the building.
For emergencies, call 911. Emergency and after hour care is available through local physicians, clinics and hospitals. Students with severe injuries or life threatening situations should go directly to the hospital or an emergency center for treatment. We are not an emergency center and do not provide assessments for worker's compensation cases.
The $41.80 student health fee, paid upon enrollment, covers the cost of most office visits, however, there may be charges for diagnostic tests, injections and some procedures. Patients are encouraged to pay at the time of service. Patients who do not pay within 14 days will incur a $2 processing fee and a hold on academic records. Statements will be mailed approximately 14 days after the date of service. The statement will include the $2 processing fee. Medical Services accepts cash, check, Buffalo Gold Card, Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover. The student health fee does not cover referrals or emergency care at any other facility. Any unpaid balance not paid within a 90 day period or by the close of the semester is subject to collection fees assessed by an outside agency.
West Texas A&M University Student Medical Services is excited to announce that our facility will begin billing the student’s health insurance plans in the Fall 2014 semester. WTAMU Student Medical Services will utilize a third party billing company. The student health fee which is paid by the student with each semester’s academic charges will cover the co-payment. Students may opt to have their primary insurance company billed for services (lab tests, x-rays, medical procedures, medications, etc.) or they may choose to self- pay. This service will be specifically for fees incurred within Student Medical Services. Please bring in your insurance card to be scanned. If you would like to e-mail a PDF copy of health insurance cards to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 806-651-3287. Please be sure that the copy of the insurance card is legible and includes a the name of the student and the student's Buffalo Gold Card number.
To enroll in this option plan or for more information about the student health insurance plans please go to the following Texas A&M University Insurance website West Texas A&M University Student Health Insurance Webpage
Patient Assistance Programs
There are patient assistance programs that can provide financial assistance for routine/maintenance prescription medications (this does not include contraceptives) to patients that are uninsured and qualify as low income. Please schedule an appointment with the Patient Advocate - Hayley Robinson, RN. (previous tax returns and proof of income are required)
The Texas Vaccine for Children Program provides financial assistance for the meningitis vaccine and the HPV - Gardasil vaccine to students who are 18 or younger and are uninsured,. The price of these vaccines are $10 to those who qualify for the TVFC Program.
Cold Care Packs: Free to currently enrolled students. The cold care packs contains: decongestants, antihistamines, cough medication and pain relievers/fever reducer, no appointment necessary.
Digital Thermometers Student Medical Services is now selling digital thermometers for $1.00 . (Compare to other local vendor's price of $4.93. )
The medical staff will write an excuse note for class or work if the student was ill or injured and only if our providers were involved in the medical care of the student. Please note: Our medical providers cannot write excuse notes for illnesses or problems for which we never provided care. Unless specifically requested to do so by the patient, we do NOT place a diagnosis on an excuse note. A patient's medical condition is his/her own private and confidential information. Your instructors and employers have no right to obtain your diagnosis unless you personally choose to share it with them. Furthermore, we do not release information about your medical and/or psychological condition to the University administrators, instructors, parents (unless you are a minor) or employers without your specific request and release.
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Other professionals, medical students, nurse practitioner students, nursing students, etc., may also be involved with patient care. You may, within reason, select the professional caring for you.Updated June 15, 2015