Last week, CVS Pharmacy told its 200,000 employees that, in order to remain in the company’s health insurance plan, they’d have to have a doctor verify their weight, height, body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. — and give permission for that information to be turned over to the outfit that provides benefit support to CVS. Any employee who refused would be fined $50/month.

This didn’t sit well with patient privacy advocates like Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of, who joined me today on America Weekend to explain her outrage at CVS and the growing number of corporations who are doing the same with their workers, despite continuing problems with the security of our personal health information (even at our own doctor’s office).

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