Has anyone seen a health plan incorporate a plant-based diet into its nutrition program?
Have you seen companies like Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, or Kaiser offer a plant-based diet to any of their members?
Dr. McDougall worked with Blue Cross for3 years.
Our work together eventually led to a 3-year trial at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota. Between 1999 and 2001 we were able to show remarkable health benefits for their employees: weight loss, reduction in cholesterol, blood pressure, and sugars; relief of indigestion, constipation, arthritis, etc. We were also able to document a 44% reduction in healthcare costs after one year based on the insurance company’s own claims data. After these extraordinary results we expected Blue Cross/Blue Shield to get solidly behind us and to begin reforming healthcare. I had forgotten my earlier lesson: they take a piece of the pie—there was no real incentive to slow the growth of medical care—at least by the methods we were offering. Over the past decade the business of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and all other private insurance companies, has skyrocketed. Along with their growth, their subscribers have grown too: fatter and sicker with bigger bags filled with more pills and potions. http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/jun/real.htm