Jun 28, 2016 2:59 PM

Wentworth Douglass Hospital agrees to cut costs for rabies vaccinations

DOVER - Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is lowering the price for patients who need a rabies vaccine after a family treated for raccoon bites complained about the cost.

According to Foster's Daily Democrat, Christopher and Cynthia Thompson and their dogs were attacked by a rabid raccoon on Jan. 19, and the couple sought treatment at the hospital.

Several weeks later, they found they were being charged more than $50,000 for the sequence of required shots.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, costs for rabies treatment vary but “typically exceeds $3,000.”

Insurance covered much of the bill, but the couple was still left with a charge of about $4,800. The Thompsons complained and Cynthia Thompson ultimately met with hospital officials and was told rabies treatment would be included in an annual review the hospital does of costs for certain procedures.

More recently, the hospital contacted her to say it would be lowering its rates roughly by half for rabies vaccinations for all future patients starting July 1.

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