Last week, Vitality Group, a health services firm, announced a new program designed to lower healthcare costs for its clients. Employees of a handful of companies, including John Hancock, Amgen, and others, will get a chance to have an Apple Watch for just $25 – but there’s a catch. The employees will be required to meet fitness goals over a two-year period or pay full price for the smartwatch. Vitality’s parent company in South Africa has had the program for some time, and claims that the 17,000 participants in the program are more physically active. It’s unclear from Vitality’s announcement if the participating employers will be able to access the wellness data, or if only Vitality will receive it. We’ve got a few concerns.
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