Docs in California Complaining against Expensive Cost of Medication for Whooping Cough

California's potentially record making whooping cough outbreak has spotlighted criticism by a number of rural doctors that vaccinations to avert that disease and others are too costly to offer.

There is no trouble with the amount of supply of vaccinations, but in how much or how little, insurance firms are ready to pay back doctors for offering the shots that prevent illnesses.

Even when the costs are borne by the insurance Companies, they do not pay for storing and administering them, said California Academy of Family Physicians spokesperson, Tom Reilly.

Offering one round of vaccines to a kid can cost a doctor's office $450, he said.

The group's criticism only applies to those, who have got themselves insured by an insurance firm. Uninsured kids meet the criteria for their shots through the federal Vaccines for Children Program or Medi-Cal, which offers the vaccines free of charge and pays doctors a compensation fee.

In addition to this, the California Department of Public Health provides province health departments and hospital systems with free dosage of the vaccinations to direct, and there are no deficits in supply, according to spokesperson, Ken August.

A review published in the Journal of Pediatrics in December 2008 found that 10% of doctors, who gave vaccination privately insured kids were considering lowering the service, since it was too costly.