That little blue pill costs GM $17 million a year – 04/16/06 – The Detroit News

Link: That little blue pill costs GM $17 million a year – 04/16/06 – The Detroit News.

From the "You Think You Have Problems?" department, this item from the Detroit News points out that the world’s largest automaker is also the world’s largest purchaser of Viagra.  As part of their employee health plan, so-called lifestyle drugs contribute to the $1,500 per vehicle that GM spends on health care.

General Motors provides health care benefits for retirees as well as active employees, and currently insures two retirees for every one active employee.  GM recently cut benefits for salaried workers, but changes for union workers are a little more difficult.

The article concludes, "GM appears likely to approach the UAW about eliminating this perk when the moment’s right."