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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Wanted: Your Health Info

By March 20, 2013

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ABC News reported that CVS Pharmacy has instituted a new policy requiring all employees to submit their vitals, including weight, body fat and glucose levels, or pay an additional $50 per month toward their health care coverage (read article). Those who oppose this policy feel it is an invasion of privacy. According to the article, CVS says the policy is voluntary and the company won't have access to employees' health information.

It hardly sounds voluntary if employees are forced to choose between providing their information or paying $600 each year. However, the company does have a bottom line to think about. If employees are more aware of their health it could lead to them living healthier lifestyles therefore keeping health care costs down. Healthier workers will perform better on the job too. And they will probably live longer. Should workers have a right to complain if, in the end, they benefit from CVS's policy? What would you do? Would you turn over your health info or pay the fine, assuming you could afford to do that.

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