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Apparently hospitals and insurance companies are going to monitor what we eat?

by 297 · June 30, 2014 at 02:26 PM

Anyone else heard of this?

What could possibly go wrong? You know what you'll hear...

"You're eating too much meat!"

"How come you aren't eating any grains?"

"Four boxes of eggs a week? No good!"

"OMG, you're cooking with butter and coconut oil? No no no!"

"You have to eat some low-fat dairy!"

Etc. etc. etc.

If this is true, the next logical step for them is to control what you buy and what you eat (otherwise what's the point of this?). What do you think? Does this worry you?

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40551 · June 29, 2014 at 03:03 PM

If you eat crap, why should the insurance company cover your diabetes? Or at very least, should charge you significantly more for insurance or up your co-pays for your unhealthy habits. Health insurance seems to be the only insurance that doesn't take into account health/habits when pricing. I've got no chronic health issues, not overweight, and yet… I pay just as much as somebody with chronic autoimmune disease and 100 pounds overweight. The only reason I'm likely to use health care services is if I break a bone or get an infectious disease. Unlike the sickie, who goes in monthly for new medications because their autoimmune disease is not managed and their weight is ballooning.

Do people not understand what insurance is? (In fact, the definition is changing as folks bastardize it.)

16813 · June 29, 2014 at 01:10 PM

Absolutely, it's just another excuse to attempt to deny heathcare, or at minimum raise the fees. Oh, you broke your leg? We're not going to cover your doctor's fees since you eat butter, coconut oil and meat.

Some car insurance companies are doing similar things by asking you to install a tracker in your car's OBD port - apparently they can also monitor how fast you drive, how often you brake, etc. Same idea. At first they're claiming this will save you money, and it probably will, but over time, they'll raise the rates across the board, so you'll be paying the same as you're paying now with this added tracker.

It's pure evil, as we've come to expect of the cut-ever-corner-squeeze-every-tenth-penny corprocracy, and of course with enough lobbying influence, the politicians are in the bag and on board with anything that screws the consumer.

655 · June 28, 2014 at 07:00 PM

I could see that data would be more than a bit suspect... since I shop for a couple neighbors on the way home for work at least twice a week.

Plus what if I give a party or buy for a party at work.

What I buy does not closely correlate with what I eat.... the stuff I grow in my yard & my neighbors yard winds up being eaten but not "purchased".

What about cash purchases at the framers market?

What about my CSA pastured eggs?

What about dinners or lunches that my son buys me?

10920 · June 28, 2014 at 01:44 PM

I think this is a good idea, if you wanted to cheat you could always use cash, this would probably be voluntary, I assume you would have to fill out some sort of consent form, this would be a good way for doctors to be like, I see you bought 8 2 liter sodas this week, did you drink all of those? Or hmm, I see that every day for lunch you spend 18$ at McDonalds, what do you typically get there? This could be immensely useful for voluntarily holding people accountable.

225 · June 28, 2014 at 05:07 AM

I kind of like the idea, self-reporting things like this is incredibly unreliable and this may be able to help the doctor point out specific areas that the patient can work on.

What could possibly go wrong? You know what you'll hear..

I imagine this will mostly be used for obese patients, I don't think a doctor is going to waste the little time he has with a non-obese patient to pull up their grocery list and make snarky commentary on it.

Worse comes to worst you could just not use a credit card to grocery shop, problem solved. They also aren't actually collecting the data...The data is already out there and being used by marketing companies, which is a bit more disturbing than your doctor being the only one with access to the information. ( IMO )

If this is true, the next logical step for them is to control what you 
buy and what you eat (otherwise what's the point of this?). What do you 
think? Does this worry you?

The idea that this is somehow a 'slippery-slope' to government run grocery trips is just silly and paranoid...that sounds like something you heard on fox news...

Now...if you want something to be paranoid about your time would probably be better spent worrying about the NSA collecting every other piece of data they can find online about you and every other US citizen. ( Your google searches are probably infinitely more sensitive than your grocery list. )

922 · June 28, 2014 at 01:31 AM

good point. I would not be against it in principle, but now that I have seen your post, it is a worry. I wonder what they make of me buying $100 in vegetable seeds every year.

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