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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance 645

No. 24601 writes "A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave, due to a diagnosis of depression, lost her health benefits after her insurance provider found photos of her on Facebook smiling and looking cheerful at parties and out on the beach. Besides all the obvious questions, how did the insurance company access her locked Facebook profile?"
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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

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  • Duh (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:00AM (#30192676)

    "Besides all the obvious questions, how did the insurance company access her locked Facebook profile?"
    She blindly accepted a friend request from her insurance company's friendly insurance claims adjuster.

  • Well.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by mutube ( 981006 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:02AM (#30192686) Homepage

    I guess she's feeling pretty depressed right now. Does that mean she can have the insurance back?

  • by MoeDumb ( 1108389 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:05AM (#30192700)
    "Yet another reason why private healthcare must be stopped." That's a reason to destroy the greatest healthcare system in the free world? Where are mod points when you need them.
  • by dmbasso ( 1052166 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:23AM (#30192776)

    Nah, probably it was a female "friend" that handed her pictures to the insurance company.

    That reminded me of a joke where a man calls every of his wife's female friends, asking each one if she had slept over with them, and receives the same "no, not here" answer. Another night the reverse happens, and the wife call's every of her husband male friends. Everyone answer "yes, he was here all night" and five of them even responds "he's still here, in the bathroom"! :-)

  • by X10 ( 186866 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:35AM (#30192842) Homepage

    Apparently, the insurance company people are masochists. They want the woman to stay home and get even more depressed, so they can pay her more money.

  • by AGMW ( 594303 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @10:51AM (#30193302) Homepage
    LOL - I sometimes have to work away from home and luckily the route passes close enough to my parents that I can call in and stay overnight.
    My (female) boss called home to talk about something or other and the wife picked up. She wasn't sure if it was OK that I stopped off at my folks so she said I was away on business but that she wasn't sure where I was which led my boss to believe that I was playing away.
    The conversation the ensued had both women covering for me and was, by both accounts, both anxious and hilarious!
  • by RichardJenkins ( 1362463 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @10:57AM (#30193350)

    I'm more interested in knowing how a picture of someone smiling invalidates an insurance claim for depression?

    * Miserable people can smile and look cheerful
    * Miserable people can go to the beach
    * People suffering from atypcial depression (Most people who suffer from depression do, despite the name) CAN actually be cheerful, and still be suffering from the illness.

    Last medical history I gave didn't involve facebook. It isn't a medical diagnostic tool.

    I'm outraged - and I'm not going to read the article in case it explains these points satisfactorily.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @11:31AM (#30193634)

    we're just ignoring countries that don't matter in the world

  • by zippthorne ( 748122 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @12:23PM (#30194062) Journal

    Yeah, we should pattern our health care system on Canada's. That way we won't get situations like what affected this Quebec woman.

  • by phillymjs ( 234426 ) <slashdot.stango@org> on Sunday November 22, 2009 @02:49PM (#30195252) Homepage Journal

    Me: Doc, Do I have rectal Cancer?
    Doc: Email me a pic so I can tell.

    To: Doc
    Subject: Rectal diagnosis photo
    Attachment: hello.jpg (25 KB) []

    Here you go.

  • by theshowmecanuck ( 703852 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:23PM (#30195490) Journal

    TO: All Employees
    SUBJECT: New Sick Leave Policy

    No excuse...We will no longer accept your doctor's statement as proof. We believe that if you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

    We are no longer allowing this practice. We wish to discourage any thoughts that you may need an operation. We believe that as long as you are an employee here, you will need all of whatever you have and should not consider having anything removed. We hired you as you are, and to have anything removed would certainly make you less than we bargained for.

    Other than your own: This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for them, and we are sure that someone else can attend to the arrangements. However, if the funeral can be held in the late afternoon, we will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently let you leave 1 hour early, provided your share of the work is ahead enough to keep the job going in your absence.

    Your own death: This will be accepted as an excuse. However, we require at least two weeks notice as we feel it is your duty to train your replacement.

    Entirely too much time is being spent in the restroom. In the future, we will follow the practice of going in alphabetical order. For instance, those whose names begin with "A" will go from 8:00-8:15, and so on. If you're unable to go at your time, it will be necessary to wait until the next day when your time comes again.

    We appreciate your cooperation,

    This is an old joke [] (and way older from what I know, than the linked newspaper article). But anyway tistork, you might still agree with it agree with it even if it is a joke. If so, then you definitely have real management potential.

    On another note, well before the public internet and email, I took this and ummm copied my high school's official letterhead and signature section (with the school principal's signature) onto it. Then I made around 500 copies and left them lying around all over the place (2000 student population). It was excellent to see how many people freaked out before they figured out it was a joke. Amazing how people look for the worst some times... and amazing how much fun you can have with that too, sometimes. :) In the end the principal actually told me he thought it was one of the better jokes pulled at the school. :D

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @04:12PM (#30195876) Homepage Journal

    I'm not biting the bullet by myself. Wellbutrin is the greatest thing ever invented

    I thought for a moment you said warfarin.

    On second thoughts take that back. It was more like I hoped it.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @05:06PM (#30196312) Homepage Journal

    I wonder what that company would do with someone with say a bipolar disorder.

    Half the time they pay up, half the time they send a mailbomb?

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