CVS is requiring employees to have various health metrics measured and to take action to be healthier. This is a pretty good approach to controlling health care costs in a completely dysfunctional market. It’s certainly not the best option – a properly functioning insurance market with few or no incentives from the government (via tax incentives) to overspend on health care is the best option; but this is pretty good. And it’s also a rational exercising of private property rights (in this case: a company choosing who it employes and how much it pays them).

This is a brave step by CVS. Bravery needs to be acknowledged.

-JD Cross

 

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