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Pharmacy Healthcare Policy Has Some Crying Foul

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 21, 2013

ABC News reports on a new employee policy by CVS Pharmacy that requires all of the nearly 200,000 employees using its health plan to submit personal health data—including their weight, body fat and glucose levels—or pay a monthly penalty. No increase in health rates will affect those who disclose the information. Patient Privacy Rights Founder Deborah Peel said, “The approach they’re taking is based on the assumption that somehow these people need a whip, they need to be penalized in order to make themselves healthy,” and added, “It’s technology-enhanced discrimination on steroids.” CVS noted the plan is voluntary and that it would not see the test results. “The goal of these kinds of programs is to end up with a healthier workforce,” one expert said.
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