I don’t like needles. Or doctors. Or anything vaguely related to the medical field, really. I usually don’t even take aspirin if I can avoid it.
But. Seeing that I’ll be abroad for at least a year, I figured I should go get vaccinated.
A few days ago, I called my doctor to make an appointment. The office said they didn’t carry travel vaccines, so they referred me to the only place in the area that did. I called them next and scheduled an appointment with them. I also asked how much it would cost. The girl on the other end said $75. I asked if that included everything. She said yes.
So, I get to the office and have a full on, sit down consultation with an RN. They prepared this (actually really informative) booklet for me about South Korea which included different vaccines, hospital information, traveler information, and consulate information. Cool.
Then, the RN got to the vaccine part. She went over a list of about 5. Hepatitis A and Typhoid seemed to be required for entering the country. Fine. Japanese encephalitis and rabies were *highly* recommended, coming in at the super discounted, bargain basement price of THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE FUCKING DOLLARS. EACH. I laughed, I’ll pass. If I get bitten by a mosquito or rabid street dog, I’ll take my chances.
However, with the Hep A and Typhoid, my total came to $293. I’m sorry, but what exactly is the “everything” that $75 included? I left feeling lied to and angry because this always seems to happen at the doctor. Especially because I totally have $293 to throw around.
Whatever. I suppose it’s worth not ending up with some rare disease in a foreign country.
Has anyone had any similar experiences?