CVS employees will pay a $600 fine out of their own pocket if they refuse to divulge their weight, body fat and glucose levels. According to CBS Connecticut on March 20, 2013 these personal statistics are all considered mandatory disclosures under the CVS new guidelines when getting health insurance through the company.
These new guidelines for the CVS employees caught the eye of the Patient Privacy Rights group and they're speaking out against this new practice. Patient Privacy Rights founder, Dr. Deborah Peel said, “This is an incredibly coercive and invasive thing to ask employees to do.”
Peel continued saying that the rising health care costs is killing the economy and businesses have become terrified. “Now we're all in the situation where employers are desperate to get rid of workers who have costly health conditions like obesity and diabetes," claimed Peel. CVS stands by this decision to put the rule in place for its employees.
According to ABC News yesterday, CVS has close to 200,000 employees and if they don't offer up this information they will have to pay that $600 fine. Critics are worried that companies might start to fire sick workers if this is the start of a new trend. "Fox and Friends" live on Wednesday morning are calling this new CVS policy, "Step on the scale or pay a fine."