04 October 2019
Today Target paid me $5 to get my flu shot
I went to Target for food and supplies, walked over to the in-store CVS. Clerk greeted me, checked my insurance, and about 2 minutes later I walked away with the vaccine in my deltoid and a $5 gift certificate in my wallet. I don't know whether this is a standard policy nationwide, but it certainly has been in effect at our local Target for the past 2-3 years. I think I'll go back tomorrow for another shot.
But seriously, this raises some questions for me. Target has always been a civic-minded company, but they must be making $ on the transaction. Which suggests to me that this is another example of our national insurance-based health-care system being more expensive than a single-provider one would be. Does anyone know how much a provider (store, local M.D. etc) is reimbursed for an influenza vaccination?