Doctors, Parents Battle Vaccine Price Hikes
If physicians thought medical school was pricey, they had no idea how much it would cost to actually save lives. The price of childhood immunizations in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent decades, taxing providers, governments and parents alike. Thanks to the growing cost of vaccine development, as well as healthy manufacturer profits, today it costs private insurers $2,192 to vaccinate kids to age 18, compared to $100 in 1986. Some doctors are losing money on every shot and starting to re-think how many they administer.