Where to Get Care

What You Need to Know

When you’re covered by UC SHIP, the Student Health Center (SHC) provides your primary care and coordinates any additional medical care you might need.

Start at the Student Health Center

As the outpatient student health center on the Merced campus, the SHC provides outpatient medical, preventive care, prescription delivery, and mental health and substance use disorder services. It’s staffed with board-certified physicians, certified nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, all of whom are experts in meeting student health care needs.

You’ll pay nothing for preventive care at the SHC, and low copays for other services and procedures. If needed, the SHC will provide a referral for services it can’t provide. Staff at the SHC insurance office can help you find network providers at the UC health center near you or within the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO network.

Learn more about SHC services on the Health Services website.

Other Care Options

For those times when you need to connect with a medical or mental health provider and you can’t wait for care, you have options.

Phone an Advice Nurse

If you have an issue that you can take care of by phone, you can call the advice nurse 24/7/365 at (209) 228-2273 . This service is free to students.

Get Virtual Care

LiveHealth Online provides 24/7 access to doctors and mental health specialists for a low copay. You don’t need a referral to use LiveHealth Online, and if you need a prescription, they’ll send it to your local pharmacy.

Visit an Urgent Care Center

For immediate care, you can also head to a local urgent care center. You’ll pay a moderate copay to see doctors in the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO network. Use the Sydney Health app or visit Anthem’s online provider listing to search for in-network urgent care close to you.

Urgent care is care for an illness, injury or condition that is not life threatening (does not require emergency room care), but that cannot wait for a regularly scheduled office visit. Some common urgent care needs include treatment for earaches, sore throats, and fevers (under 104 degrees), as well as stitches for simple cuts, and tests for flu, strep and urinary tract infections.

Still not sure where to go for care? Review Where to get care when you need it now [PDF].

WHEN TO HEAD TO THE HOSPITAL

If you experience a life-threatening emergency, including severe shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, chest pain, or coughing up or vomiting blood, go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Contacts

Student Health Center (SHC)

Your first stop for care on campus
Main number: (209) 228-2273
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): (209) 228-4266
SHC website
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center
5200 North Lake Road