An interesting article from the Los Angeles Times:
The article concerns the ways in which insurance companies are using FaceBook and other social media to detect fraud. A case example is given of a women losing disability benefits for depression after posting photos of herself going to the beach.
This gets me rather angry actually. Imagine being depressed and NOT going to the beach for fear of not looking depressed? We all know how much more depressed clients are who isolate and don’t try.
I’m having visions of blogs all in black with sad faces and thunderstorm video links maintained by people who want to look depressed to maintain their benefits.
I’m also imagining idiot database engines denying me coverage and what-not based upon my amazon.com buying patterns… I buy books on every disorder imaginable… I must be really sick…
So — is this a real problem? Do we all have to rush out and scour our FaceBooks? Or is the LA Times just finding a good fear angle to sell papers?
Or maybe insurance companies SHOULD do this — if they intelligently investigate all angles?