The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Eligibility

Under certain well-defined circumstances, other members of the UTRGV community may access Health Services:
  1. Students who are not registered at UTRGV for the current semester but were registered during the previous semester and the HS mid-level providers have started treatment plan. Example: a student who graduated but who has been started on a new medication and must be monitored for tolerance of medication. Other examples would include: certain post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, English Language Institute (ELI), High School Equivalency Program (HEP), Upward Bound Program (UBS), and certain resident summer programs (Gear Up, Science Camp, Tex-Prep). These students may receive services by paying a $5.00 fee (in lieu of medical service fee) for each visit with a HS health care provider in addition to any charges that may be incurred for diagnostic tests, supplies, procedure and prescriptions from HS pharmacy.
  2. Students who have been admitted to the UTRGV for a future semester, but are not enrolled in the current semester. These students may present to UTRGV HS and pay a $5.00 fee (in lieu of the medical service fee) and present their acceptance letter in order to be eligible for HS services. This fee will be due each time they present to the HS to be seen by a health care provider. They will be eligible for immunizations, TB skin tests, and pre-admission physicals required either by the university or the program to which they are admitted into. These students like all UTRGV students will be responsible for any additional charges incurred from diagnostic, laboratory, procedure, or pharmacy items used to diagnosis or treat their illness or injury.
  3. Cooperative students who are enrolled and have paid medical services fees at another university that have a cooperative agreement with UTRGV and are on the UTRGV campus for a legitimate academic purposes are eligible to receive UTRGV HS medical services just like a registered UTRGV student. The student will have to show proof of being enrolled in a cooperative program with UTRGV and the medical service fee to UTRGV will be waived.
  4. UTRGV faculty and staff are not eligible for routine HS medical services but may be eligible for certain HS outreach services. These may include special laboratory screenings and immunizations. The faculty and staff would pay a $5.00 administrative fee and would be responsible for the charges for the laboratory exams and the immunizations.

Exclusion of Services Policy

In keeping with the Health Services (HS) mission to promote optimal physical and psychological health, the HS is an ambulatory college health care facility. We focus on the delivery of patient care to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for HS. The HS staff will identify any students who may require extensive medical care or specialty care that would benefit by obtaining medical services outside of the university clinic.

Exclusion of Services Procedure

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Health Services will provide limited treatment or services for those cases that require more extensive or specialty medical care. Those patients who require more extensive or specialty medical care will be identified and referred to a local Emergency Department or to a medical practitioner as the clinical situation warrants. Each case will be handled on a case by case evaluation at the discretion of the medical provider on duty. The HS Director will be notified of all cases and Medical Director will review medical records of each case.