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Health & Insurance

In the United States, Health care is very expensive, and the cost of getting health care is the responsibility of the individual, not the government like many other countries. So, most Americans purchase health insurance. For this reason, if you are planning to study in the States, you should buy health insurance. Most colleges and universities require that international student purchase medical insurance each year. Usually it is a condition of enrollment that international students must show the proof of health insurance coverage. If you are buying health insurance, you should read and understand your insurance policy before you need to use it because the policies are very different from one to another. Most of schools offer catastrophic insurance in addition to health clinics. So, if you have an accident like car accident, it will cover most of your hospital fare.

If you are sick;

If there is a Student Health Care Center in your college or university, you'd better go there because you can get good quality care in a lower price.

Here in Santa Barbara, UCSB has a Student Health Center. The Student Health Center on the UCSB campus is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The center includes a walk-in general health clinic, a women's clinic, an eye clinic, and a dental clinic. They accept cash, traveler's checks, and personal checks for payment. They do not accept credit cards. The visit itself will cost $50 and there will be additional costs for lab work or medicine. If you have insurance, show them. You will be reimbursed for most of the costs of your visit, including the $50 visit fee.

Check out UCSB Student Health Center web site for more information.

If your school does not have a Student Health Center, you can ask your international student advisor to recommend a Doctor's office or Hospital.

Below are the lists of Hospital in Santa Barbara you can use in emergency.

  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

          351 South Patterson, Goleta
          Phone: 967-3411

  •  Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

           Pueblo at Bath Street, Santa Barbara
           General Information: 682-7111
           Emergency Room: 569-7210

  •  St. Francis Medical Center

           601 East Micheltorena, Santa Barbara
           General Information: 962-7661
           Emergency Room: 568-5712

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