Student Affairs – Health Services

The Bowdoin College Health Service offers primary and acute care services to Bowdoin College students when classes are in session. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for Wednesdays when office hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students are seen by appointment. Every effort is made to accommodate acute care needs in a timely fashion. Comprehensive physical exams, well-woman exams, and travel medicine consultations may be scheduled a week or two out. Health Services can be reached at 207-725-3770, or by e-mailing healthservices@bowdoin.edu.

Emergency and after-hours coverage is provided through Mid Coast Hospital and the Mid Coast Walk-in Clinic. Mid Coast Hospital (207-729-0181) operates a twenty-four-hour, fully staffed emergency room and in-patient facility. The Mid Coast Walk-in Clinic, located close to campus, is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for non-emergency medical problems. After hours, Bowdoin Security will help arrange transportation when needed, and can be reached at 207-725-3314.

The Health Service also provides travel medicine consultations and immunizations pertinent to travel. This service is offered to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the community at-large. There is no consultation fee for Bowdoin students.

Most primary and acute care services offered to students at Health Services are covered by the general College fees, regardless of the health insurance coverage students may already carry. One exception is the cost of immunizations administered through the Health Service, which all students need to pay for at the time of service. This also applies to travel immunizations. Those students that remain on the Bowdoin Student Health Insurance Plan are generally not eligible to submit these charges to the insurance company for reimbursement though exceptions for certain age appropriate vaccines may be considered (including HPV and Meningitis). Students on a private insurance plan should contact their insurance company to see if these services are reimbursable under their plan.

The Health Service sends routine laboratory specimens to Mid Coast Hospital for processing. Mid Coast Hospital will then bill the insurance company. It is important for students not on the Bowdoin plan to check with their insurance company regarding coverage. Certain confidential specimens are sent to the Maine State lab for processing (including sexually transmitted infections like HIV or public health concerns like Mumps). In these cases the bill is sent to the Health Service, which affords complete confidentiality.

The Bowdoin Student Health Insurance Plan, offered through UnitedHealthcare Student Resources, is a comprehensive plan that provides coverage for off-campus preventative services, physician’s office visits, in-patient and out-patient hospitalization, medications, diagnostic and laboratory testing, x-rays, and mental health services. There is no deductible under the plan, but co-pays apply for some services, such as specialty medical office visits and medications. Although referrals from a health service provider is not required under the plan, for the best coverage available a student should seek services through an in-network provider. Please direct insurance issues, billing questions, and provider network inquiries to the student health insurance coordinator at 207-798-4284.

The Bowdoin College Health Service is committed to promoting the health and well-being of the College community through the provision of quality primary and acute care, and educational outreach services.