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Buying junk food and booze? Your insurer may know

Tuesday, February 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Protective or invasive? Insurers and bosses may know what you eat  

Your employer and insurance company probably already know whether you are taking your meds, getting regular check ups or gaining weight. Now some employers and their insurance companies are tracking what staffers eat and where they shop. It may be all in the cause of good health, but some critics worry that the methods cross the line between protective and invasive—and could lead to job discrimination. "It's a slippery-slope deal," says Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, which advocates for medical-data confidentiality. She worries employers could conceivably make other conclusions about people who load up the cart with butter and sugar. Read the Wall Street Journal story by Jen Wieczner


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