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Vaccine Costs Rising, Some Doctors Stop Offering Them

Vaccine Costs Rising, Some Doctors Stop Offering Them
Posted Thursday, July 3rd 2014 @ 11am  by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – When Breanna Farris moved to Texas last year, her daughter missed the first week of school as Farris searched in vain for a provider who would give her the required vaccinations. Farris ultimately had to lie, pretending she had no insurance and taking the girl to a public health clinic, before finally finding a doctor this year to immunize her son. More and more doctors are refusing to offer vaccinations, the New York Times explains in an extensive report, because over the last 20 years, vaccine prices "have gone from single digits to sometimes triple digits"—and thanks to poor insurance reimbursement schedules, doctors say they often actually lose money on them.

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