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Penalizing employees who don't disclose weight/body fat Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
20th Mar '13

CVS To Penalize Workers Who Don't Disclose Weight, Body Fat



One of the country's largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers to find out how fat they are and then disclose it to their insurance provider.
Not only is that company, CVS Caremark, telling workers who use its health insurance plan to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat, blood pressure and other health indicators. It is also asking workers to give permission to the insurer to turn over that information to a firm that provides benefits support to CVS, the Boston Herald reports.



Workers who don

user banned California 36390 posts
20th Mar '13

So if they're too fat, they get penalized? That's fucked up.

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59959 posts
20th Mar '13

I think this is bullshit... I mean, I understand they're all for healthy and "being healthy", so that is good.



But lifestyle choices are no always the reason that someone is thin or large. Nor does weight determine if someone is healthy.

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 122806 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting The Doctor:" I think this is bullshit... I mean, I understand they're all for healthy and "being healthy", so that ... [snip!] ... But lifestyle choices are no always the reason that someone is thin or large. Nor does weight determine if someone is healthy."


Agreed

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting Forrest Bondurant &hearts:" So if they're too fat, they get penalized? That's fucked up. "


In a nutshell, yes.

JΔ$ Georgia 76514 posts
20th Mar '13

Seeing that people carry their weight differently, I think it's really unfair.

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25371 posts
20th Mar '13

I think it's great.... but I think they should give them coaching and TIME to work on themselves before they raise their premiums and penalize them. Everyone should want to get healthier and live longer.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting The Doctor:" I think this is bullshit... I mean, I understand they're all for healthy and "being healthy", so that ... [snip!] ... But lifestyle choices are no always the reason that someone is thin or large. Nor does weight determine if someone is healthy."


I'm overweight if you go by BMI but I'm not fat. BMI is not accurate at all.

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 122806 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting Dovahkiin:" I'm overweight if you go by BMI but I'm not fat. BMI is not accurate at all. "


Almost everyone I know is overweight according to BMI. My husband is actually considered obese even though he is very fit and muscular.

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25371 posts
20th Mar '13

I dont think it goes "strictly" off BMI. I think they do a full health assessment. blood pressure, etc

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59959 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:</b>" I think it's great.... but I think they should give them coaching and TIME to work on themselves before ... [snip!] ... work on themselves before they raise their premiums and penalize them. Everyone should want to get healthier and live longer."</blockquote>




But should it be determined by things like BMI? Or by a doctor using their subjective judgement whether someone is healthy or not? I'm just curious, because both seem really... Problematic when I think about it.



Again, the healthy part is great. But it's the either cookie cutter method to determine this, or the fallible human judgement... Both seem a little odd when it comes to this.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" Almost everyone I know is overweight according to BMI. My husband is actually considered obese even though he is very fit and muscular."


Everyone carries their weight differently. I understand where they are coming from, wanting to motivate people to be healthy is a good thing, but I feel like this is discrimination.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13935 posts
20th Mar '13

My job does something similar. If your BMI and finger prick test (all done at the store) came back normal we get $26 off benefits every month.



It's kinda fucked up.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" I dont think it goes "strictly" off BMI. I think they do a full health assessment. blood pressure, etc"


I have high BP. :(



It's hereditary. I try eat salt-free as much as I can...

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59959 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:</b>" I dont think it goes "strictly" off BMI. I think they do a full health assessment. blood pressure, etc"</blockquote>




Okay, just because this is something from my end I'm curious about. Are they going to penalize someone for having a BMI that is too low? BP that is too low? What if for all intents and purposes according to those tests you should be healthy, but are not? Or are doing everything in your power to be healthy and still not within those parameters?