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Canadian Woman Looses Insurance

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091123/ap_on_hi_te/cn_canada_facebook_insurance

A Canadian Woman was on leave from work for depression. During this time, Facebook pictures showed that she had gone on a vacation. It showed her partying on her birthday and seeming to enjoy herself. Because of these photos, the company felt as if the woman was clearly no longer depressed. Therefore, her insurance company dropped her from their policy.

She is still fighting this in court. Her lawyers said that she could still be on vacation and be on medical leave for depression. The controversy is whether or not the insureance company has the right to drop her. I feel that they have no right, because depression is a deep set, static disease.

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  1. okazako1
    November 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I think depression should not be covered by insurance. There are so many people who really need some help and I am not talking about depression, I am talking about serious injuries and deseases that insurance should taking care of. Insurance can not cover everything and everyone, there is a limited amount of capital…I think this money should go into something more important and not for depression. I would conclude same thing if I see these photos. If she had the mood to party and leave from work because of dipression, then…may e she should find another job that makes her happier.

  2. Bob
    November 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

    @ okazako1

    Clearly spoken by someone without a clue. 30 – 50% of the adult population will experience some form of a mental illness in their lifetime. And it is a disease that reaches far deeper than how one just feels. And how can anyone determine one’s mental health just by looking at some static pictures? Maybe we should judge people’s insurance and credit worthiness based solely on one’s avatar? Ya. That’s the trick.

  3. krismj88
    November 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I don’t think the insurance company had any right to stop coverage based on pictures on facebook. Even it that wasn’t the insurance companies entire reason it should not have even jaded their opinion. Facebook should not be able to help diagnose somebody. I would like to know what a couple of doctors think about her mental state and what they would say about the pics on facebook. Depending on the state of her depression, it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea to take a vacation and get away. To me the fact that something like facebook has the ability to effect something as big as insurance just seems completely ridiculous.

  4. stgoff
    November 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I also don’t feel that the insurance company should have the right to terminate coverage based on the pictures. The lady stated that those pictures were taken at events that she pursued based on advice from her doctor. Also, if she was depressed before this occurred, can you imagine her mental state now?

    One thing that I find interesting that no one seems to have touched on is why the insurance company felt it ethical to probe into the lady’s facebook. Several points that were not covered in the story are: Was her profile set to private? If the profile was private, how did the insurance company acquire access into her profile? I personally feel this case borders on invasion of privacy and interference into the lady’s medical care.

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