While all of the major carriers have announced they will cover the cost of flu vaccinations for their fully-insured customers, some of my self-funded clients questioned the value of paying $20.00 for each regular or swine flu vaccination for each employee. Well as a patient stricken with the infamous Swine Flu, I thought I would share the cost of my personal experience: Cost of a Primary Care Visit, Chest X-Ray, and Nasal Swab = $134.77
Cost of Tamiflu = $108.11
Total Medical & Rx Cost = $242.88 (In-network contracted rate)
Amount Paid Under my HSA Account = $242.88
COST OF NOT INFECTING ANYONE ELSE: PRICELESS
While the above scenario clearly shows the cost avoided under your healthplan for $20 worth of prevention, we haven't even factored in the greatest cost for a company .... lost productivity. Since my PCP recommended 5 days quarantine from my wife and kids (and everyone else), I had to undergo 5 days of isolation and lost productivity. Since I had my laptop at home and could work 50% of the time, I will factor that into the equation. Total cost of medical, rx, and lost productivity = $5,742.88.
Should you cover the cost of a flu vaccination ... the answer is a resounding YES. Your employees will know they work for a company that invests in its greatest asset ... their people ...VALUE OF LOYALTY TO YOUR ORGANIZATION: PRICELESS