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Monday, January 23, 2006

Mocha and an MRI

And now for something a little different...

Mocha and an MRI - You may not have thought about it before, but every time you order a Mocha at Starbucks, you are buying an MRI for your barista. In fact, according to Starbucks, on a per cup basis, your barista’s health insurance costs more than the coffee beans. I stumbled across this factoid recently, while reading a very well done article by Professor Michael Lipsky entitled, Starbucks and Healthcare. In the article, Professor Lipsky makes the point that in addition to raising awareness about the rising cost of healthcare, companies like Starbucks get a little self-promotion from advertising that healthcare coverage is a significant cost of production. I suppose it does make me feel better about paying $3.50 for a coffee drink, knowing that I am subsidizing someone’s health insurance.

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    Looking forward to the HIMSS meetup, and loved the Starbucks factoid.

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