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Hong Kong Allows Doctors To Charge More Than Official H1N1 Shot Fee

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Hong Kong health authorities have decided to allow individual physicians to establish the price of a vaccination, allowing them to charge a patient more than the government reimbursement. Hong Kong doctors claim the basic cost of inoculations is double the government-covered price of U.S.$6.45, meaning the patient would have the burden of paying the difference. Critics of the move say the new charge to patients would discourage some from getting the shots they need to protect them against the H1N1 virus. (Click here for more

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