I had to comment on this. The scanned in document below comes from a post that I saw from a friend of a friend on Facebook. To me it illustrates everything that is wrong with the way health care is implemented in this country. Take a look at the picture below and read it carefully. I can’t believe this is even legal.
This letter comes from United Healthcare, which is a major U.S. health insurance company. They are “encouraging” people to get their children vaccinated by bribing them with $20 gift cards, one of which is to McDonald’s!
In one breath they are asking you to do something they say is healthy for your child which is get vaccinated. Whether vaccines are healthy or even safe is a topic for another blog but let’s forget that point and take the view of the health insurance company.
United Healthcare actually believe vaccines are a good thing. They believe it so much that they are offering $20 to their clients whose children are not up to date on their vaccines. One of their offers includes $20 to McDonald’s! This company is supposed to be getting people healthier, not encouraging behavior that will make you exceptionally unhealthy!
More and more, people are exercising their right not to vaccinate their children. This blog is not about whether that is right or wrong but suffice it to say, I support parents who make that decision if they feel it is right for them.
This type of letter, sent to thousands of parents, is a way for Big Insurance and Big Pharma to get people to use their products and services more frequently to make more money. The facts in the letter aren’t even true. No child “needs” certain vaccines before a certain age. The current vaccine time line is in place only to provide pediatricians with a template to vaccinate their patients and make it easier to keep track of. The letter implies that these vaccines are necessary before the age of two or they won’t work. Do you really think a vaccine given to a 2 year old works any better than one given to a 4 year old? Of course not.
I also cannot figure out how this is legal. I was under the impression that medical service companies, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, etc. were not allowed to offer gifts in exchange for any kind of service or product. Of course, with major insurance and big pharma involved the laws always seem to bend just enough to allow them to walk that fine line between lawful and unlawful.
I hope those of you reading this can see through this type of deceptive marketing because that’s all it is. The insurance companies do not truly care about your health or else they wouldn’t offer $20 to McDonald’s to go get vaccinated. This is just another way for you to use their services and for them to make more money.