August 26, 2021 | Marketplace

Delta Airlines’ $200 charge to unvaccinated employees puts penalty power to the test

From Marketplace:

Delta Airlines said the average hospital stay for an employee sick with COVID-19 costs the company $50,000. Recovering that cost is part of the reason why the company plans to start charging unvaccinated employees $200 per month if they’re on the company’s insurance. 

Hitting employees in their paycheck to get them vaccinated?

Kevin Volpp with the Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics [and Division Chief of the Department of Health Policy] said it might work.

“We know from a lot of work in behavioral economics that a dollar lost is probably roughly twice that of a dollar gained. So a $200 penalty will have a little bit more of an impact than a $200 reward,” he said.

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