The Mendelsohn Ploy

The Mendelsohn ploy refers to this quote of Robert Mendelsohn:

For a pediatrician to attack what has become the “bread and butter” of pediatric practice is equivalent to a priest’s denying the infallibility of the pope.

Mendelsohn, and those who use this anti-vaccine argument, are basically saying that pediatricians don’t attack vaccines because they make too much money giving vaccines.

This discounts the whole idea that it costs a lot of money for pediatricians to buy, store, and give vaccines and they can make even more taking care of kids with vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Mendelsohn ploy also doesn’t factor in “that the variable costs of vaccine administration exceeded reimbursement from some insurers and health plans.”

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