Wellness and Waist Size Screening
Some very interesting, controversial news from abroad: Thanks to a two-month-old law that’s aimed at reducing the number of overweight citizens—and cutting health care costs—Japanese companies and local governments are now required to measure the waistlines of people from age 40 to 74 as part of their annual medical checkups.
What happens to workers who don’t meet the government limits of [brace yourself] 33.5 inches for men and 35.4 inches for women, which critics content are much too strict?
Maryland to Define Wellness Programs
Over the next few weeks, the Maryland Health Care Commission will be taking up an unusual task: Trying to define what a "wellness program" is.
The effort is the result of a state law called the Working Families and Small Business Health Coverage Act. It was passed in November and would give very small Maryland businesses (2 to 9 employees) subsidies for up to half of their health insurance costs of they offered a "wellness benefit."
Sneak Peek at Google
Google is supposed to debut its personal healthcare search and record storage tools early this year, following Microsoft's entry last year with its HealthVault program.
The fact that these two huge technology companies are getting involved illustrates how clear it is that there's money to be made from helping people manage their personal health.