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Letter to the Editor - Dec. 2

December 02, 2011

Why do flu shots cost more when government pays?


To the editor:

A few weeks ago, I was in one of our local food markets and decided to get a flu shot at the pharmacy counter. The pharmacist asked if I had Medicare, and I presented my card and got the flu shot.

About two weeks later, I received a statement from Medicare stating that they had paid $50 for my flu shot.

Yesterday, I went to a different branch of the same store chain and asked how much a flu shot was. Again, I was asked if I have Medicare. I said that I did not and was told the cost was $32. That means it costs $18 more if the government is going to pay for the shot.

Need I say more?
 
Cliff Lane
Black Rock

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