(ABC/WSYR-TV) -- The CVS drug store chain is fueling an explosive debate over the right of privacy in the workplace. Should you have to pay more for your health insurance for failing to provide personal data like your weight?
Employees at one of the nation’s largest drug store chains are facing a hefty choice: Those who use the company’s healthcare have until May 1 to either visit a doctor and measure their weight, height, blood pressure and other levels or pay an extra $600 per year.
Some say the effort seems unreasonable, while other say the company is trying to get money any way they can.
CVS says that their “benefits program is evolving to help [their] colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health associated costs.”
"The goal of these kinds of programs is to end up with a healthier work force. If your employees are healthy they're going to work better and they're going to cost the employer a lot less money," explained ABC News Chief Health Editor Dr. Richard Besser.
CVS also claims that the company never sees the test results, explaining that doctors instead, give the results to an independent company, but opponents aren’t buying it.
"What will this information be used for other than to profile employees and potentially discriminate against them?" asked Gail Gazalle, with Harvard Medical School Affiliate.
CVS isn’t alone. Brad Seff tried to fight a similar policy in court last year. He worked for Broward County in Florida and sued when they charged him an extra $40 a month after he refused health screenings. He lost in court, but maintains that programs like this unfairly pressure people to hand over what should be personal information.
“I knew many people who worked for Broward County that said, ‘I don’t want to do this, but this is a tank of gas to me,’” Seff told ABC News.
CVS says the program is voluntary, which many question since there is that fee of $50 per month for opting out.