Pandemic

Can You Buy H1N1 Vaccine?

How much would you pay for your health? The short supply of H1N1 vaccine has the writers at Smart Money wondering whether rich consumers will have better luck getting their hands on a shot. Though the fact that the vaccine is government-issued should technically eliminate free-market rules, Smart Money decided to see what would happen if a person of infinite income tried to bend the rules. Public auction sites like Craigslist and eBay don't directly sell the vaccine, but they post links to places where it can be found. A research center in Washington, D.C., for example, placed an ad for the vaccine on Craigslist. Other methods, like concierge doctors and international travel, proved ultimately ineffective, and no doctors were willing to admit that a patient could successfully try to pay their way to the top of a vaccine waiting list.