Monday, December 1, 2008
Vaccines: Profit vs. Medical Necessity
This is an interesting and revealing article I found on Yahoo.
Some doctors may give up vaccines because of cost.
"About one in 10 doctors who vaccinate privately insured children are considering dropping that service largely because they are losing money when they do it, according to a new survey.
A second survey revealed startling differences between what doctors pay for vaccines and what private health insurers reimburse: For example, one in 10 doctors lost money on one recommended infant vaccine, but others made almost $40 per dose on the same shot."
While I truly understand that a medical practice is a business and needs to profit to succeed, eliminating vaccines because they are not profitable raises serious questions about the medical necessity of many, if not most, vaccines.
Any medical procedure or drug that is not medically necessary is ONLY potentially dangerous.
Note: See my related blog entries:
August 21, 2008: NYTimes article: Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccine's Fast Rise.
August 22, 2008: Who Guards Against Gardasil
November 2, 2008: It's Flu Season! Or, is it?