posted on Sep, 23 2013 @ 09:19 AM
When my company was in Huntsville, we were in this new HMO that was going to revolutionize the industry. It was less pricey than any of the
competitors. They really pushed wellness, so you got free gym memberships, free twice a year required physicals (good ones, too), free immunizations,
free diet counseling, free memberships to things like Crossfit, and not only were those things free, you actually got points for really doing them. If
you went to the gym a couple of times a week, you could earn a free trainer, free spin classes and the like. The more you participated the more points
you got. They wanted you active, and they tracked it.
If you used a dunk tank or calipers and got fat percentage numbers, you got points if you were in a good range (they didn't use BMI). If you weren't
in range, but were working on it and showing results, they'd give you more points.
They were making money. They had incorporated nearly every doc in the state. Then Blue Cross went after them, and got the unions in the state to
require BCBS. That was the end of them. It's not impossible to have good cheap health care, you just have to get rid of the organized crime. In that
case, it was the state workers' unions.
edit on 23-9-2013 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)