Your First Stop for Care
What You Need to Know
When you’re covered by UC SHIP, Student Health Service (SHS) provides your primary care and coordinates any additional medical care you might need.
Start at Student Health Services
As the outpatient student health center on the UCSB campus, SHS provides outpatient medical, pharmacy, preventive care, 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.
To be covered by UC SHIP, you need a referral from Student Health Service (SHS) to get medical care anywhere else if you are within a 50-mile radius of campus — except for emergency room care, urgent care clinic visits, pediatric care, obstetrics services, gynecological care, and LiveHealth Online virtual visits.
You’ll pay nothing for preventive care at SHS, and low copays for other services and procedures. If needed, SHS will provide a referral for services it can’t provide. Staff at the SHS 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 SHS services on the Student Health Service website.
Know Before You Go
Without a referral from SHS, some care won’t be covered by UC SHIP. When necessary, be sure to get a referral so you’re not stuck with an unexpected bill to pay.