In many countries, when you are sick, you go to the hospital. That is where the doctors are.
In the US, it is different. The only time you go to the hospital is when it is serious. Doctors are located in private offices. If you go to the hospital, it is very expensive. Even with insurance, it can cost you $100 or more.
Campus Health Resources:
Student Health Center
UMKC has a Student Health Center that is free for UMKC students. The address is 5110 Oak Street, Suite 237, Kansas City, MO 64112. You can contact them by phone at (816) 235-6133. For more information about using UMKC’s Student Health Center click here.
Transitioning to the U.S. can be difficult. UMKC wants to help! At UMKC, people view your mental health as important as your physical health. UMKC also offers Counseling Services to all UMKC students. Their address is 5110 Oak Street, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64112. You can contact them by phone at (816) 235-1635. For more information about UMKC’s Counseling Services click here.
Student Health Insurance
Health insurance in the United States is different than health insurance in other countries. For example, health insurance does not make medical care free, it just makes it less expensive. Another example is that each insurance company has it’s own list of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies that it will work with.
All F-1 and J-1 students are automatically enrolled in UMKC’s International Student Health Insurance plan. Click here for more information about the insurance plan and to learn how to get your Health Insurance card.
Off Campus Health Resources:
Doctors and/or Pharmacies in Kansas City
What if the UMKC Health Center is unable to provide the medical care that you need? You can find other providers that accept your Aetna health insurance. UMKC does not have a pharmacy, you will need to use a pharmacy off campus to get your prescription medications. Click here for more information about using doctors and pharmacies in Kansas City.
Basic Health Information
Many medical problems can be taken care of at home without the need for doctors. Basic health supplies may not be at the top of your list of items to bring to college, but having a personal supply of over-the-counter medicines and first aid materials will save you the trip to the pharmacy or book store when you don’t feel well enough to leave home. Check out our Basic Health page for more details.