There is some talk about getting a Medical FICO score. A FICO score has, so far, been used to judge the credit worthiness of consumers. This Medical FICO scores takes it a step further and finally admits, what the medical industry has known so far: Hospitals dont view the relationship between a doctor and a patient as that of a physician-patient relationship, but that of a provider and a consumer.
I dont disagree with the concept necessarily. The health industry has long been known for losing money on certain patients, and making up money on others. This seems like a way to fix the leakiness problem.
On the other hand, this sounds like a really bad idea from the perspective of a patient, especially because of the multitude of ways it can be expanded. Today, they talk about ability to pay. However, once enough data has been accumulated, the data can be mined to see what was being paid for. What health risks does this patient inherently have? If this patient has risks, maybe we can view her as a "repeat customer." This can lead to targeted ads on one end, and lack of treatment for chronic sufferers on the other end.
I worry about the slippery slope!!