Viewpoint: Cost of freedom and choice should not be borne by those who chose to be vaccinated

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Gene Rainbolt is shown during an interview on May 18, 2020, after his 23 days in the hospital with COVID-19. Rainbolt recently led a collaborative effort to publish a book aimed at prompting leaders to take action against poor public health outcomes in Oklahoma.
Gene Rainbolt is shown during an interview on May 18, 2020, after his 23 days in the hospital with COVID-19. Rainbolt recently led a collaborative effort to publish a book aimed at prompting leaders to take action against poor public health outcomes in Oklahoma.

A public health policy based on philosophy as opposed to generally accepted science has created an enormous financial burden on the medical system as it continues to deal with the unrelenting costs of COVID-19 treatment.

In addition, there is the overwhelming physical and emotional stress on medical staff, not to mention the large number of patients in need of critical care for non-related COVID-19 conditions who are denied access to hospitals.

I understand and accept freedom and the right to choose, but as with all choices, there must be personal responsibility.

Since over 90% of patients admitted to hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 have NOT been vaccinated, that financial burden should be borne by those who made that choice.

Various approaches could include the non-vaccinated to pay the full cost of their hospitalization or alternatively pay a very high deductible.

Another possibility would be for insurers to impose a substantial premium surcharge for those who have NOT been vaccinated.

Perhaps the new Pfizer COVID-19 pill, which is pending FDA approval, will be a more acceptable option for those unwilling to take the vaccine.

Clearly this is an issue that must be faced. The cost of freedom and choice should not be suffered by those who chose to be vaccinated.

Gene Rainbolt is an Oklahoma businessman, civic leader and philanthropist.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Viewpoint: Unvaccinated Oklahomans should pay their own health costs