In choosing a pediatrician, it is invaluable to learn if your pediatrician has your child’s best interest at heart. In the spirit of exposing questionable practices, this should be mandatory reading for parents.
[PS this post is a reprint from my “Vital Vaccine Info” ebook, linked below.]
Not all, but most, pediatricians have begun refusing to accept families who opt out of some or all vaccines.
“When my friend’s child suffered a life-threatening reaction to a vaccine a week after her first birthday, my friend assumed her pediatrician would write her a medical exemption from future vaccines. Shortly after receiving a routine set of vaccines, the happy, vibrant one-year-old spiked a 106 degree fever, began having seizures, and was hospitalized. When the unexplained “illness” passed after a week in the hospital, the little girl had lost her ability to walk.
“My friend describes how her daughter, who had learned to walk several months earlier at 9 months, suddenly “stumbled around like a drunk person” for weeks following the vaccines.
“My friend met with a team of pediatricians, neurologists, and naturopathic doctors, and they agreed: Her daughter had suffered a brain injury caused by a reaction to one of the vaccines. Hoping the injury would be temporary and that she might recover and ease her brain inflammation if they could help her small body quickly eliminate the vaccine additives that caused the reaction, my friend’s daughter underwent an intensive detoxification program overseen by a nutritionist.
“Slowly, her daughter relearned to walk.
“My friend is a practicing attorney who graduated from a Top 10 college. The evidence was overwhelming that her daughter’s reaction had been caused by vaccines, she told me. But a few months later, when she took her daughter back into the pediatrician for a visit, he wanted to vaccinate her daughter again.”
She was baffled.
After a reader sent a link to a PDF file of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Physician Incentive Program (formerly available online), Wellness & Equality learned that insurance companies pay pediatricians massive bonuses based on the percentage of children who are fully vaccinated by age 2. (see pg. 15)
So how much money do doctors really make from vaccines?
As the table (below) explains, Blue Cross Blue Shield pays pediatricians $400 per fully-vaccinated child.
If your pediatrician has just 100 fully-vaccinated patients turning 2 this year, that’s $40,000.
Yes, Blue Cross Blue Shield pays your doctor a $40,000 bonus for fully vaccinating 100 patients under the age of 2. (source, pg. 15)
If your doctor manages to fully vaccinate 200 patients, that bonus jumps to $80,000.
The average American pediatrician has 1546 patients, though some pediatricians see many more. (source)
Here’s the catch your pediatrician will not tell you:
Under Blue Cross Blue Shield’s rules, pediatricians lose the whole bonus unless at least 63% of patients are fully vaccinated, and that includes the flu vaccine. So it’s not just $400 on your child’s head – it could be the whole bonus.
In other words, to your doctor, your decision to vaccinate your child might be worth $40,000, or much more, depending on the size of the practice.
If your pediatrician recommends that your child under the age of 2 receive the flu vaccine–even though the flu vaccine has never been studied in very young children and evidence suggests that the flu vaccine actually weakens a person’s immune system over the long term (source) – ask yourself:
“Is my doctor more concerned with selling me vaccines to keep my child healthy or to send his child to private school?”
Where Did the Evidence Go?
After Wellness & Equality published their article, Blue Cross Blue Shield locked online access to their incentive program and then removed the page altogether. Clearly this incentive program was never intended to be public knowledge and created a bit of PR issue for them.
Fortunately, another website managed to save the entire BCBS incentive program booklet and has published it in entirety online…PDF here.
[excerpts from Wellness & Equality]
“They manipulate trials, they change trials, they use the wrong placebos, they publish some things, but don’t publish others…because they are not science, they are business.” ~Dr. Christopher Exley, PhD, Aluminum Toxicology Expert
Now They’re Tempting Parents/Bribing Parents!!
“They are paying off parents too! We have Anthem insurance and they offer to pay us for vaccinations. For each set of vaccines your child receives, you can send in a certificate and they send you a Visa gift card as a reward. The two they pay the most for are the flu and HPV vaccine. It’s crazy! If I’m remember correctly, the last letter we received in the mail from Anthem said the “reward” for the HPV vaccine was a $50 gift card.” ~reader S.G.C.
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