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Could gift cards encourage people to get the vaccine?


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    Apparently, a insurance program in Orange County thinks so. CalOptima is an insurance program that covers over 775,000 poor and disabled people. CalOptima plans to encourage clients to get vaccinated by giving them a $25 gift card for getting their first shot, and then the same fore the second shot. The Medicaid-funded program has already approved the funding for it. I see why they are pushing this incentive for poor and homeless people, especially the homeless. They could pose a serious threat to public health if they don't get vaccinated.

    So, what if we scaled this up a bit and put it on a national scale? If larger insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield were to do this, would it work? Or perhaps the government itself? I've already heard where congress was considering not giving stimulus checks to people unless they prove they got vaccinated, but would gift card or a similar incentive work?

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    I think the more of these programs the better, at least in the meantime. The more vaccine administered the better off everyone is. If that means passing out gift cards or even straight up cash, I'm all for it. It'll pay off in the long run.
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    TheBiggerBoat Wrote: I think the more of these programs the better, at least in the meantime. The more vaccine administered the better off everyone is. If that means passing out gift cards or even straight up cash, I'm all for it. It'll pay off in the long run.
    Agreed, totally. It would definitely cost money to implement this, but insurance companies could surely afford it. Plus, in the long run, it saves them money by keeping their clients healthy.