What's the relevance to Enduro Africa, you ask? Recall that I recently went in for preventive medical care in anticipation of traveling to rural South Africa, where there is a slight risk of exposure to things like Hepatitis A, typhoid, malaria, and other nasties. With excellent health insurance in hand, here's what it cost me to get inoculated here in the U.S.:
- Typhoid vaccine (4 pills): $42.03
- Anti-malarials (25 pills): $25.00
- Hepatitis A vaccine (2880 ml): $128.88
- Physician office co-pays (3 visits): $15
That comes to $210.91. And I pay only a small fraction of the actual costs, which could be many times higher. Just thinking about these exorbitant fees makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over -- or is that one of the side effects?