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Zostavax immunization fees vary much
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Feb 18, 2014 05:48:18
Doctors charge patients differently for the administration of Zostavax between 160,000 won and 220,000 won.

The wholesale price of Zostavax is around 110,000 won. If a doctor charges 220,000 won to a patient for Zostavax vaccination, about 80,000 won can be a profit after a tax. If the charge is 160,000 won, the profit will be around 30,000 won.

There is no price ceiling for vaccination. Doctors just consider wholesale prices and decide immunization fees by themselves.

Some doctors offered vaccinations at extremely low prices while others at high prices, so there had been a controversy over immunization fees.

A primary care physician in Seoul said, “There may be some doctors who offer Zostavax as a ridiculously low price. Doctors are not that financially healthy these days. Doctors need to set vaccination prices reasonably.”
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