The Cost of Vaccinations. Literally.

Did you know that medical providers are one of the last bastion against transparent pricing? Somewhere along the line, they decided their patients shouldn’t "shop" for care, and I guess there’s a logic to that as the idea of their doctor being the least expensive might read "poor quality and service". Even when we were uninsured, I didn’t make phone calls to different clinics to see who had the least expensive office visits. Our pediatrician was Dr. Kidd before I lost my insurance; it was Dr. Kidd after.

Our insurance through the Evil Hospital did not cover vaccinations. We took Doodicus to the clinic his pediatrican referred us to that was funded by the state. We paid a palsy "copay" ($20 maybe?) and for almost nine years, all shots were administered by them. Our current insurance now covers vaccinations 100% and with that coverage, the clinic prefers we take the kids back to Dr. Kidd, which is totally understandable.

In July, I took Aitch in for her well-baby check which included five vaccinations. I paid the office visit co-pay of $30 and never gave it another thought until I received my Explanation of Benefits from the insurance company. I wish I could play the game, "Guess How Much It Cost?!" through my blog, but obviously I can’t, unless you’re willing to spread this post out for the next couple of weeks and no one has time for that level of shenanigans, right?

Aitch’s exam, five vaccinations, and the administration of the vaccines came to a grand total of $1,000*. The specific breakdown (I’ve included the codes for you medically-inclined) follows:

99392 – $152. This was for Dr. Kidd to tell me that Aitch is perfect.
90461 – $100. This was for the nurse to poke my kid in the thighs with a pointy object and make her cry.
90670 – $205. Prevnar 13 vaccine (pneumococcal)
90716 – $125. Varicella vaccine (chix pox and boosters)
90707 – $78. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
90713 – $48. Polio vaccine
90700 – $52. DTaP vaccine (diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis)

Now let’s play a game. What does it cost in your area for vaccinations?

* This is for a provider in a rural-based community in the middle of the Prairies.

7 thoughts on “The Cost of Vaccinations. Literally.”

  1. We chose to save our children the possible side effects from vaccines. Down the road when their little bodies have had time to toughen up & grow, they will be able to have a fully functional system to cleanse the toxins (one hopes). At such a young ages as newborn & toddler years, they don’t have a fully formed immune system, which is one of the myriad of reasons to really take time with this question of not just how expensive vaccines are financially, but what they cost in children’s lives. That’s a whole other bag of beans, but don’t be fooled — it’s a real one. And the proof is out there no matter who tries to dismiss it. Interesting how there are no studies looking at how healthy and safe those not vaccinated are in comparison to the stats with those who are.
    I’m not saying no one should use them, to each is own. I am saying to FULLY inform yourself, which I acknowledge is hard to do when so much of the best information is constantly buried or denied by studies being paid for by the very same companies who make the vaccinations! Think about it folks. Conspiracies do exist.
    Consider giving your kid a chance to, at least, grow until 6 years before filling them with poison.

  2. Well, here in Sweden getting all the shots is free, (almost) all medical treatment for kids under 12 is. That said, we do have one of the most expensive tax systems in the world. I think about 54% (if not more?) of my monthly income goes to paying taxes of some kind (income tax is ca. 32%, VAT is for most things 25%, I think alcohol tax is like 8000%). Taxes finance the Swedish health care system, which builds on equality for everybody. It is available for everybody everywhere and (ideally) doesn\’t discriminate against anybody. So, call it communism/socialism/whatever, when it comes to health care (infertility included), I am in almost all cases very happy to be living in Sweden. That said, I do love to complain about the high taxes.

  3. For S’s 4 year, it was $135 for Chicken Pox (plan paid $107.49), $55 for polio ($32.80), $80 for MMR ($63.90), $50 for DTAP ($25.44). $36 for flu mist ($24.19) and $15 per shot for administration ($10.30).

  4. FREE!!! hah! Hooray for “communism/socialism/whatever it’s being called these days” up in Canada. I know that about 9 years ago, when the pneumococcal vaccine was optional, and thus, not covered by our health care coverage, it cost me $80 for the vaccine. The vaccine is now considered part of the routine vaccinations given to children here, and so it’s included with all the other childhood vaccines. It baffles me that in a country like the US they can’t at the very least provide vaccinations for children for free. I mean, seriously? Health care fail America!!!

  5. Flaming WordPress ate my comment. Anyhoo only comparison here is the private docs pandering to people who still have doubts about MMr and one I googled wanted £140 for measles and £100 for rubella.

  6. Yup me too. Love the NHS.

    That pricing thing is hilarious. I remember when I had to go into hospital in Philadelphia, the bill included $100 for paracetamol. I am 99.999% sure the hospital was not being charged anything like that by the relevant drug company. Bizarre US healthcare system, no one knows what anything really costs.

  7. Well it’s really not fair for me to play this game since I am not in the US, but here in Sweden everything for children is 100% free (except for prescriptions and including dental).

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