Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The City of San Angelo's new immunization fee will increase nearly 50% on June 1st. The current fee paid under the Texas Vaccine for Children program is $14.85 for one immunization and $15 for more than one. The new fee will be $22.06 for one or more immunizations. The $7.21 increase is a 48.5% rise.
In the last budget cycle Council drastically cut the availability of Immunization services, contributing to our area's worse than normal flu outbreak.
In 2008-2009 the City Health Department provided over 7.600 immunizations. They project to administer a mere 2,300 this year. That's a 70% decline.
City leaders turned immunizations, the most basic and cost effective of public health services, into a scarce service. Their next step is to make immunizations more expensive. In which City Council meeting was this approved?
Update 4-25-13: Council implicitly approved a price increase with its 2012-13 budget. Here's my take last fall: "City Council expects the health department to make 50% of the revenue it budgeted last year for injections, STD clinic and immunizations. The amount isn't significant, but I find it odd an 80% reduction in availability should only reduce revenue 50%. I'd expect revenue to drop more than 80% as the public writes off the city for any form of primary or preventive health care services."
by PEU Report/State of the Division at 9:47 PM