Out of network, out of mind!

Q: If my health insurance plan considers the Student Health Center an “out of network” provider, is there some way that I can know how much my visits/tests/exams will be?

A: The cost of your visit depends on the complexity of your medical issue.  An initial visit can range in price from $40 to $195.  There are separate charges for any lab tests or other procedures that are performed.  We can provide you with general estimates for services that we provide, but the actual cost to you will vary depending on which insurance plan you have.  If you are covered by an insurance policy other than the Student Health Insurance plan there are a few steps you can take to get more specific information. 

  • Always carry a current insurance card or a copy of the front and back of a current card.
  • Call the customer service number on the back of the card, tell them you are an OSU student and ask if you have out-of-network benefits under your plan. 
  • Our Tax ID number is 311657245.  If you give them this number they will be able to give you an accurate quote of benefits.  If they tell you they will not cover your care here ask them where you can be seen in Columbus.  

If you decide to see us, you will want to register your insurance by bringing your insurance ID card to our Patient Relations Department on the 3rd floor of the Wilce Student Health Center (you don’t need an appointment).  We will make a copy and have you sign a medical information release.  You should do this once a year or if your insurance changes.   

If you don’t have any good choices for out-of-network healthcare, check out the WilceCare Supplement Plan.  It is only $187 for the entire academic year and provides you with coverage at the Student Health Center for office visits, lab tests, x-rays, physical therapy, and $500 in prescriptions.  Care provided outside of the Student Health Center (i.e. in an urgent care, emergency room, or a specialist’s office) would be covered by your other insurance plan.

If you have any questions or need help making your way through an insurance problem, our patient relations staff is here to help you.  You can stop in to see us on the 3rd floor of the Wilce Student Health Center or call us at (614) 292-0113.

Susan Henn

Manager, Patient Relations