Health care will cost a lot after you leave Barnard. Be sure you have an adequate supply of any chronic medications that you take before you leave Barnard. If you are taking hormonal contraceptives, make an appointment with the Health Service to pick up a prescription prior to graduation.
Student Health Services will keep your medical records for seven years, after which they will be destroyed. We will release information only when you request it, and your written signature is required. A $10 fee is charged for providing medical records. We will mail them to you or you may pick them up from the Health Service.
You will need records of your immunizations if you are planning to attend graduate school. Please come to the Health Service to pick yours up! Be careful to safeguard these records when you receive them. After graduation there is a $5 charge for providing immunization records, with a $5 surcharge for faxing. They may of course also be mailed, or you may pick them up.
Make sure you’re covered!! Even a minor accident, illness, or emergency room visit can turn into a financial nightmare if you are uninsured. An appendectomy or broken arm can easily cost you several thousand dollars. At the very least, you should consider excess or hospitalization insurance. [Major medical insurance, which covers outpatient costs, doctor's fees in the hospital, etc. can be a separate option.] If you have no insurance, you may be refused treatment by the doctor or hospital of your choice. Here are some tips for thinking about, and obtaining, medical insurance.
We hope some of these tips may help you stretch your health care dollar. The Student Health Service will be open in the summer for administrative questions. Please call us at 212-854-2091 if we can help answer any of your questions.
We wish you good health and much joy as you leave Barnard.