Should anti-vaccine parents pay higher premiums?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Should anti-vaccine parents pay higher premiums?
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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 8:29am
Make anti-vaccine parents pay higher premiums
By Rahul Parikh, Special to CNN
Evidence disputing any link between autism and vaccines has been gathering for a decade. The anti-vaccine movement's lynchpin, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been shown to be nothing more than a grifter in a lab coat, with the prestigious British Medical Journal calling his work "an elaborate fraud."

Two new books, "Deadly Choices" by Paul Offit and "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin, detail the sordid story of the anti-vaccine movement.

Given that, it's hard for me to believe that some parents still refuse to vaccinate their children. But they do, frightened by the rants and raves of anti-vaccine fundamentalists such as Jenny McCarthy, who can effortlessly get on "Oprah" or any other TV talk show to advance what is nothing short of a myth.

It's that fiction and the fear it incites that has challenged and frustrated pediatricians like me for 10 years. I don't foresee any quick shift in the trend among affluent, highly educated older parents against childhood vaccines. As Offit often points out, it's much harder to unscare people once they've been scared. McCarthy has it easy. We doctors have to do the hard part.

To read more, click here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/01/20/parikh.childhood.immunizations/index.html

What do you think?


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Registered: 09-23-2008
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 4:15pm
I think that everyone incorrectly assumes parents who don't vaccinate only do so because of autism..

And if you're going to charge higher premiums for this what about:

Smokers
Heavy Drinkers
Overweight people because they can't control their eating and don't have a true medical disorder

It's a big can of worms..
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 6:56pm

I am very much for the solidarity principle when it comes to health insurance. It gets very complicated otherwise - what about an avid skier? While they exercise, which is a good thing and lowers their risk of cardio-vascular disease, they are at much higher risk of breaking their bones. I strongly feel, everyone should have equal access to equally priced health insurance.

Now when two "alternative" (Steiner minded) doctors racked up the majority of the 1000+ cases of measles in a German outbreak some years ago, the health insurances thought of holding the doctors responsible and I must say, that had a certain ring to it...

Catherina

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Registered: 12-30-2006
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 7:07pm

While I understand where you're coming from, you're just asking for another slippery slope. Though this one may be to your liking, come to think of it.

If the insurance companies penalize doctors who "rack up" a lot of diagnoses of certain diseases,

--Wendy
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Mon, 03-21-2011 - 11:29am

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-24-2011 - 12:29pm

Wendy - they had a combined 800 of 1180 cases in their two practises and are outspoken vaccine critics. The case was pretty obvious. Measles is also a reportable disease and you get fined if you don't report. So while under reporting does occur, that was not the reason for the distribution in this outbreak.

Catherina

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Registered: 07-11-2007
Wed, 05-11-2011 - 4:08pm
If you are not vaccinating your children, they are the one being protected by us.
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Wed, 05-11-2011 - 5:41pm

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 9:35pm
No, children who have medical contraindications to vaccines shouldn't be forced to vaccinate. But it is in part to protect these children who can't be vaccinated, that the rest of the children should be vaccinated.

 


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Registered: 10-28-2005
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 4:53pm

Okay, here's another angle for you all to chew on...

Actuarial scientists are constantly studying different effects on what is considered risky or not for insurance companies. If they found non-vaxed children a higher risk, wouldn't they be letting the insurance companies know and they would be the ones raising the rates? Rather than input from doctors or the pharmacy companies?