Anti-Vax Doc Bills $180 Per Exemption, Faces Charges

“Gross and repeated negligence”

Oct 23, 2019 |

Ars Technica – A San Diego-based doctor who single-handedly wrote at least a third of the area’s vaccine exemptions has now been charged with gross and repeated negligence by California’s state medical board.

The news was first reported by the nonprofit news organization Voice of San Diego.

About a third of medical vaccine exemptions in San Diego came from one doctor

In the charging documents, the board accuses Dr. Tara Zandvliet of gross and repeated negligence for granting a permanent vaccine exemption for a 4-year-old girl based on irrelevant family medical information.

The board also alleges Zandvliet failed to maintain adequate and accurate medical records and conducted herself in an unethical and inappropriate way that “demonstrates an unfitness to practice medicine.”

As Ars reported earlier this year, an investigation by Voice of San Diego found that Zandvliet had issued 141 of the area’s 486 medical vaccine exemptions since 2015. The second-highest number of medical exemptions by a single doctor in the area was 26.

In the charging document, the board noted that Zandvliet admitted to issuing around 1,000 medical exemptions as of June 2019.

Medical vaccine exemptions are the only type of exemption allowed in the state of California. State lawmakers banned exemptions based on personal and religious beliefs in the wake of a massive measles outbreak in 2015.

Since then, the state has seen an explosion in medical exemptions, with the numbers more than tripling.

Lawmakers and health experts have blamed unscrupulous doctors for catering to anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitant parents with bogus exemptions, often charging hefty fees.

Dr. Zandvliet charged $180 for evaluations for vaccine exemptions, and her practice did not accept insurance … Read more. 

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