Uh, didn’t we just deal with involuntary ‘mental health checkups’ yesterday in Virginia? Seems there are efforts coming together all across this great land to see to the healthy state-of-mind of our populations.
Sign up or pay up. The City of Chicago is urging its employees and their eligible spouses to join the city’s “innovative wellness program,” or else pay an additional $50 a month for their health care plan.
“Our program will change lives, make our workforce healthier, and save taxpayers money,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday. “It will only work if people join, and I’m so pleased to report that we’ve had well over 22,000 employees or spouses join the program.”
And the pertinent clause:
Chicago Lives Healthy provides free annual health screenings, physical and mental health checkups, call-ins, and “wellness activities” for employees. The city calls it the largest municipal wellness program in the world.
The third step is a “Well-Being Assessment” – described as “a confidential questionnaire that assesses life and environmental factors that are critical to your health, well-being and your ability to improve both.” The assessment consists of 60 questions “to get a better sense of factors that can’t be tested.” Those factors include one’s health history, mental health, stress, and “barriers to change.”
But the burning question, what inquiring minds (heh, that was unplanned but apropos, hey?) really want to know, is in overcoming these “barriers to change”, will there be a co-pay on the lobotomies?
There. Now isn’t that better?