The health care system in the United States is complicated and expensive. Your visa status might require you to have specific levels of health insurance, regardless, you should have health insurance that will suit your needs while you are here so that you and your family’s safety and well being will be provided for.
The KU Student Health Services has an “urgent care” center for matters that are urgent, but not life-threatening. They are only open during regular business hours. If you have a life-threatening emergency, the best thing to do is dial “911” on your telephone and an ambulance will come to take you to the Emergency Room (ER) at the nearest hospital. Some insurance plans require you to go to a specific hospital, so check with your insurance provider in advance to avoid costly emergency room fees. The closest hospital to KU with an Emergency Room is:
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
325 Maine St
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Non-emergency Medical Care
We strongly recommend that you contact your insurance provider before visiting a doctor to determine which doctors are in your insurance company provider list. In fact your insurance company may have a phone line you can contact and talk to a nurse practitioner to ask if you should go to the hospital immediately. If you decide to see a doctor in the United States they will either be part of your insurance company network, or they will be outside your insurance company network. If you see a doctor outside of your insurance company network, they may not pay for the service, or pay a greatly reduced rate.
If you need to see a doctor, but it is not an emergency, many people use urgent care clinics because they do not have a regular doctor. There are several urgent care clinics in Lawrence.
MedExpress Urgent Care
3420 W. 6th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66049
3511 Clinton Parkway Place
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
First Med Family & Walk-in Care
2323 Ridge Ct.