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Student Health Fee

All currently enrolled, full-time students and part-time degree candidates are assessed a mandatory student health fee each semester. This fee covers most services delivered within Student Health. Students not enrolled in the University for medical, disciplinary, or personal reasons are not eligible to pay the Health Fee or receive services normally covered by the fee. The Health Fee may be waived under certain conditions. A waiver can be granted if a student resides more than 50 miles from campus and does not come to campus for research or other academic activity for the entire semester. Students studying at the Duke Marine Lab are not eligible for a waiver. Duke employees and spouses of employees who are also students may request a waiver. An optional summer health fee for students not enrolled in summer sessions is also available.

Services Covered by the Student Health Fee

The student health fee covers most of the services at the Student Health Center if medically indicated and ordered by a Student Health provider. These include:

  • Medical care for acute and chronic illness and minor injuries
  • Physical exams
  • Routine medical care
  • Gynecological exams (does not include cost of associated lab tests, such as pap smear and STI screening)
  • Laboratory services performed at Student Health: urinalysis; wet prep for vaginal infections; and rapid tests for strep throat, mononucleosis, flu, and pregnancy
  • Administration of allergy/immunotherapy shots
  • After-hours nurse consultations
  • Nutrition consultation
  • DuWell services
  • Counseling services at CAPS
  • Sexual violence support services
  • Covid-19 testing at Duke Student Health or an on-campus location

Services Not Covered by the Student Health Fee

If unsure whether a service is covered, students should ask the Student Health reception staff in the clinic before receiving the service. Students are financially responsible for the following:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Laboratory studies not listed above
  • X-rays and other radiology studies
  • Medical care provided in the Emergency Department, hospital, or other non-student health facility
  • Care provided by specialist consultants, including those working within the Student Health facilities such as dermatology and endocrinology
  • T-spot (tuberculosis blood test)
  • Immunizations
  • Contraceptives
  • Pregnancy care or deliveries
  • Dental care
  • Tests, procedures, and prescriptions not medically indicated, not on the approved list, or not ordered by Student Health providers
    • This includes COVID-19 testing conducted off-campus (e.g. Duke Primary Care, Duke Peds).