Several tests performed at Health Services are free and covered by your Health Services Fee including oral HIV test, urine pregnancy test, and rapid strep test.
For most other lab tests, specimens can be obtained at Health Services and sent for processing to an independent diagnostic lab, Lifespan Laboratories at Miriam Hospital.
Can I have lab work done if it was not ordered by a provider at Health Services?
Yes, come to Health Services and go directly to the lab on the 2nd floor. Your results will be sent to the ordering provider. You can inform the lab technician if you would like a copy of the results sent to Health Services.
Lab Test Billing
Lab tests not covered by the Health Services Fee are sent to Lifespan Laboratory at Miriam Hospital. You may choose to be billed for these tests directly or to have the bill submitted to your insurance company according to the terms of your policy.
If you have questions regarding a lab bill, you can contact Lifespan Laboratories billing department at 401-444-6966.
For students with the Brown Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
If you are having your lab work done on site at Health Services, most tests will be covered through SHIP. Please review your policy or contact the Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services for questions.
If you do receive a bill from Lifespan and have questions, please contact the Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services at 401-863-1703 or Kristie_Sullivan@brown.edu, Health Services at 401-863-7880.
If you are having your lab work done at a laboratory other than Lifespan, you may be responsible for deductible charges. To avoid a charge, we suggest using a Lifespan affiliated laboratory.
For students who have waived SHIP and have other insurance
We suggest that you check with your insurance company prior to testing regarding coverage. Lifespan Laboratories accepts many insurances. Please speak with your medical provider or the lab technician about your individual insurance.
If your insurance does not allow you to use Lifespan Laboratories, we can help you find another laboratory in the community.