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Referrals are not required by the Student Health Plan (SHP). You may see any health care provider you wish without first being referred by your primary care provider. 

Keep in mind that:

  • Students on Cornell's Ithaca campus can get the most out of their plan by using Cornell Health for primary medical care and counseling whenever possible (usually a $10 visit copay). 
  • Some specialists require a referral from a primary care provider before seeing you. Your Cornell Health provider or a care manager may be able to provide a referral for you: call during business hours at 607 255-5155. 

If you want – or need – to see a non-Cornell provider:

  • You will get the best coverage by using SHP Providers and Facilities. 
  • Typically, there is a $25 copay for medical office visits and a $10 copay for mental health office visits. 
  • Use Aetna's DocFind tool to find Participating Providers and Facilities in the Ithaca area (and elsewhere).
  • You may choose to use Non-Participating Providers and Facilities; but please review your coverage carefully before making this choice: typically you will pay a 30% co-insurance after you have met the $400 yearly deductible.

Students outside of Ithaca: Learn more at Care Outside of Ithaca.


Contact Information

Student Health Benefits
Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza, Level 6
Ithaca, NY 14853