$ 1 million in lotteries and baseball for COVID hits? Not in Michigan
Experts say the incentives are working, and even the more expensive ones like the one in Ohio will save long-term money on health care costs.
This was the case with the Safeway grocery chain, which paid its 185,000 employees between $ 600 and $ 2,000 to lose weight, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar, said Ken Shachmut, the executive who supervised the program.
Over 10 years at the beginning of the 2000’s, chain health care costs have fallen dramatically. The incentives to take the coronavirus vaccine would work just as well because they are rooted in a simple economy, Shachmut said in Bridge Michigan.
“(Lotteries are) hope rather than logic, but they are very compelling to a lot of us,” Shachmut said. “It’s a really interesting concept. If this turns out to be correct, it will pay off. “
Ohio Program Offers five million dollar lotteries for those who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a free scholarship. (Michigan residents who received the vaccine in Ohio are not eligible.)
The program is most prominent of a number of nationwide incentives to shift slow immunization rates. Nationwide, 57.6 percent of those 16 and over received at least one dose; Ohio is behind the country and Michigan, with 52.7 percent of adults.
Ohio’s bold proposal wins free beer and tickets from other states, including:
- West Virginia offers a $ 100 savings bond for anyone between the ages of 16 and 35 who gets vaccinated.
- New Jersey and Connecticut are offering free beer through a program called “a shot and a beer. “
- Maine offers hunting and fishing license and Maine Wildlife Park passes for vaccinations as part of a program called “Your shot to get out”
- Maryland offers $ 100 to government employees who get bitten, to “keep themselves, their families and their communities safe and healthy,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press release announcing the program.
- In New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo sells free tickets to Mets and Yankee games for those newly vaccinated. Another promotion gave free weekly metro passes.
In Michigan, there are no statewide incentives to encourage vaccinations, admitted Lynn Sutfin, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
One of Michigan’s efforts so far: TikTok videos like that.
Sutfin did not immediately respond when asked if the state had considered any incentives. And some medical experts wonder if efforts like the Ohio Lottery cross an ethical line.
“It’s good old-fashioned corruption,” said Debra Furr-Holden, professor of public health at Michigan State University. “Most people would do anything for a million dollars and that’s not (the reason) we want them to get the vaccine.”
Furr-Holden said researchers can only offer nominal rewards to study subjects because the reward cannot be so large that participants are blind to potential risks. The million dollar vaccine lottery erases that equation, she said.
“It’s too big as a carrot,” she said. “It takes away the choice. It’s coercive. “
Michigan’s incentives are low budget business.