Apple Watch and Aetna

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by squirrrl, Oct 13, 2016.


Would you buy an Apple Watch if Aetna offered a significant subsidy (let's say >50% cost)?

  1. Mos Def!

  2. Probably

  3. I would if it was free

  4. Nope

    0 vote(s)
  5. Doesn't apply to me (uninsured, not Aetna member, etc...)

  1. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    How many of you would buy an Apple Watch that wouldn't have if Aetna gives you a substantial discount?

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a link:

    As for me, I think this would be the tipping point of me getting one. I was going to wait a few years until the major annoyance of having a device, daily charging, would be less of an issue. Depending on the discount, it might be worth it for me to get one, especially since I would splurge on the SS model. I haven't worn a watch since I was a teenager, but back then I would bang the glass of the watch pretty good since I'm a bit of a klutz.
  2. clg82 macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2010
    Southern California
    I currently use my AppleWatch paired with my dexcom glucose monitoring system and love taps me on the wrist when my sugar gets too low....or too high....I purchased it full price and would do so again without a discount since it helps me too track my BG with ease.
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    If they're tracking my information, probably not. If it's a simple incentive to track fitness and be more fit, sure.
  4. cmbauer macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2016
    MOS DEF! figures my employer is moving away from Aetna in December! DOH!
  5. squirrrl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    This is a good point.... kind of like the auto insurance carriers that have the program to install a driving monitor in your car. I have a feeling that this will be the norm one day when they have implantable bio-monitors.
  6. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Insurers have been doing this for years, and they pay you for it... At least 5 years ago, my insurer had a program where they gave you a free tracker and then gave you $25 rewards for days of activity over tiered thresholds. My wife and I made some good coin. I would gladly offer my activity data for a free AW. Now, they have shifted to similar programs where you BYOD and feed to their systems through your device's web interface.
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    They all will be moving away soon. One plan for all
  8. squirrrl thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    So this was a big announcement in September but haven't really heard anything since. Anyone have an Aetna plan where they advertise this? My Aetna plan doesn't seem to have any info on it, and there's little/no mention on it on Aetna's website so maybe I'm not employed by a big enough employer to get this type of discount.

    I wonder this this type of partnership failed before it started? I think in some of the more detailed announcements, Aetna was supposed to come up with some Apple apps to work with the watch but maybe they haven't fully developed these apps yet and that's why they haven't rolled out the program?

    Or maybe they just have all their people clenching their cheeks hoping the republicans don't screw up the entire health care system over the next year.
  9. mag2001 macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    We have Aetna and would take advantage if the offered a discount.

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