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Immunizations Causing Pain as Prices Continue to Rise

While the importance of childhood immunizations is undeniable, rising prices are beginning to present a roadblock, a New York Times article reports. According to the CDC, the average cost to vaccinate a child to age eighteen has risen from $100 to $2,192 since 1986, and some doctors are having trouble picking up the slack. While prices may rise because of greater effectiveness or higher cost of production, many companies have hiked their prices simply because of demand and monopoly. Additionally, group practices enjoy the advantage of cheaper pricing over solo practices, and some doctors pay three times as much as others in the same city.

Read it in The New York Times.