Hep B vaccinations not covered by insurance

  1. Like many of us, I have to get the Hep B vaccinations series.... I have to provide proof that I've gotten at least the 1st of the vaccinations by July 5th. After scheduling an appointment for a complete physical next week, my physician told me that most insurances don't cover Hep B vaccines for adults. I just knew she was wrong, so I called my insurance company and they don't cover it.... :uhoh21: .....this is crazy.....you have insurance and you can't utilize it. So I've been calling around for hours...and that shot it expensive....I called one doctor and she told me $95......the cheapest price I got was $55....but she couldn't fit me in until the end of the month...there is no way my lab results will be back by July 5th. Every time I get one step closer to my goals...something always gets in the way....


    Fatima
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   angelac1978
    is there a student health clinic at your school? I did this last year instead of going to my regular doctor and my physical, lab work, and Tb skin test were like $88. I also got my 3rd Hep B shot (got the other 2 at an old job) and it was $30. If you can't do that, check w/ the health dept, they usually do vaccinations for much cheaper than dr's offices.

    A
  4. by   2ner
    Try your county or parish health department. At mine it's 30 bux a pop.
  5. by   BamaGirlRN
    I spent $100 dollars for my first one and had it done at mt dr's office, then I found out that a college health clinic could do them for $40, and it wasn't even the college I was attending.
  6. by   manna
    More often than not, health insurance companies don't pay for any kind of preventative care (including vaccinations).

    I agree with the others who suggested a county or school health department. I got mine done through the county for about $30/each.
  7. by   wonderbee
    I got mine through my county health department for free. Was in and out of there in no time too.
  8. by   Jill1215
    Just like 2ner said above, your county health department should have them. A lot of the students got them there. The health department usually has the best prices on all of the shots.
  9. by   fnimat1
    Thanks everyone for your advice. I did call my school's Health Services Department. And the do give the Hep B shot and it cost $25..which is great. The down side to it is that they won't have any appointments until early July. So it looks like I'm going to have to pay for it at my physician's office and get the 2nd and 3rd shot from my school. I will call my county healthy department though. I called the health department in the city that I live in and they don't offer the free Hep B shots to adults....which is crazy also... . So it looks like I'll be on the phone all day tomorrow too. I have to get this done and submitted by July 5th.


    Fatima
  10. by   nikonos
    My county health department only charged $6 per shot, so all in all it was 18 bucks and no appointment was needed. I would explore that route first because my family MD would have billed me for seventy dollars if I would have gotten it through him.
  11. by   RNNoMore
    Oh darn!!! it looks like my ignorance of the American Health System has reared it's ugly head again - I just innocently assumed that my insurance would pay for everything and got the lot done at my doctors. I had TB tests, MMR vaccinations, Hep B, a letter stating I was fit.... I haven't had any bills come in yet, but if the Insurance doesn't pay up, I bet they'll start rolling in. Yikes!!

    This keeps happening to me - when you are used to having a National Health Service, you never need to worry about costs, or having 'preferred providers' (which is something else I've been caught out on in the past). Bother. I am really going to have to make time to read through that 1" thick packet of rules and regulations....

    Paint.
  12. by   fnimat1
    New Jersey is really the pits. :angryfire I've been on the phone all morning and no one will give me a Hep B shot at a reduced rate or free...not the health department in my city or in any other city....this is really frustrating. I hope I'm able to borrow the money from someone to pay for my initial vaccination...


    Fatima
  13. by   2ner
    Quote from fnimat1
    New Jersey is really the pits. :angryfire I've been on the phone all morning and no one will give me a Hep B shot at a reduced rate or free...not the health department in my city or in any other city....this is really frustrating. I hope I'm able to borrow the money from someone to pay for my initial vaccination...


    Fatima
    The health departments don't offer them at all (u usually just walk into those places w/o having to have an appointment)?? Have you tried calling the counties?
  14. by   RedSox33RN
    That's so strange that none of your insurance companies cover it. I didn't have any problems with our HMO (surprise, surprise) covering my Hep B, MMR or any other physical stuff for nursing school. It amazes me that insurance companies can be so stoooopid and not cover a dumb vaccination, yet will pay if you DO get sick with something. Where is the cost savings in that???? :angryfire

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