Clayton State UniversityOffice of International Programs (OIP)
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A “medical emergency” is an unforeseen or sudden bodily event that requires immediate medical attention to avert risk to a person’s life or long term health.
A minor condition is one that is not life-threatening. Examples: sore throat, slight fever, seasonal allergies, minor aches and pains, infections, colds, flu, sprains, cuts ...
A major condition is one that requires the attention of a doctor or specialized care.
Also note that in the U.S., medical centers refer to hospitals, which offer comprehensive services. However, a medical clinic is not a hospital (see below); it is a small facility designed to treat routine, minor conditions or refer you to a doctor.
In this case, students should make every attempt to first be diagnosed by a “Primary Care Physician”, also called a “PCP”, who is part of the First Health Network.
You may select the doctor you wish. When calling the first time, ask if this office or doctor is accepting new patients. If so, let them know you have insurance and make an appointment.
Your PCP may refer you to a hospital for care. In the U.S., individuals don’t simply go to a hospital for treatment without a referral from a doctor, unless it’s an emergency.
Doctors in the First Health Network are covered by your international health insurance. Expenses for doctors outside this network will be reimbursed at a much lower rate, or possibly not at all.
Please refer to the section on International Health Insurance