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Health and Wellness in the U.S.

Staying healthy and well is an important part of being a successful student.

Students experiencing life-threatening emergencies (fainted, passed-out, etc): Call 9-1-1. 

If you have any concerns about your health or wellness, don't hesitate to get in touch with MICA's Wellness team.  You can find out more about them here.

Health Insurance

  • Healthcare in the U.S. is privatized. The U.S. government does not provide health care for everyone.
  • The cost of receiving health care without insurance is very high.
  • Americans sign up for health insurance plans to help lessen the cost of receiving medical care.
  • Insurance companies help pay for a portion of the cost for seeing a medical professional.
  • Health insurance companies don't pay for everything. You must understand what your insurance company does and doesn't pay for.

Health Insurance Dictionary

  • Claim: A written request by the insured individual (you) for payment by the insurance company of medical expenses that are covered under the insurance policy.
  • Copay: The amount the insured person must pay after the insurance company has paid all other fees and costs. 
  • Deductible: The initial portion of a covered healthcare expense that must be paid by the insured person before the insurance company pays the rest.
  • Emergency: A serious illness or accident that requires immediate attention by emergency personnel.
  • Emergency Room: The part of a hospital visited for non-routine medical crises that require immediate attention.
  • Insurance Company: A company that helps to pay for some of the medical expenses for individuals who have signed up. 
  • Insurance Policy: A written contract defining the insurance plan, its coverage, exclusions, eligibility requirements and all benefits that apply to individuals insured under the plan.
  • Over-the-counter medication: Medication that is sold without special permission from a doctor.
  • Pharmacy: The store where you obtain prescription medicine required by your doctor.
  • Prescription: A doctor's request that you be supplied with a medication. The distribution of medication is highly regulated in the U.S., and a prescription slip (a sheet of paper from your doctor) allows you to obtain the necessary medicine from a pharmacy. The word ‘prescription’ may also refer to the medicine itself.
  • Primary Care Physician: The doctor you visit for everyday, non-emergency medical concerns.
  • Referral: An order from your primary care physician to visit a specialist. Some insurance plans require referrals before they cover visits to specialists.
  • Routine Appointment: Non-emergency visits to doctors.
  • Specialist: A doctor who has a specific area of expertise. This includes most doctors except for primary care physicians, general practitioners or family medicine doctors.
Emergency Contacts  
Life-threatening, serious health concerns, police, ambulance or fire department will be involved
On-campus concerns
Notify campus safety when immediate assistance is required on the MICA campus.
Student Health Services
Schedule appointments to meet with a doctor

Floor 2
1501 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Student Counseling Center
Schedule Appointments to meet with a doctor about psychological concerns
Lower level
1501 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Hulse QM
Ask specific questions about insurance coverage, claims or healthcare bills
800-398-8411 x.105 
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Healthcare Advocate
MICA Student Affairs
Discuss health concerns, find out where to go to find help, discuss how your health affects your academic and personal life
Floor 2
Bunting Center
MICA International Education
Find information about how healthcare works in the USA and ask questions about where you can find the help you need
Floor 2
Bunting Center

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