Insuring Your Health: Insurers Question Health Benefits Of Some Genetic Tests

Kaiser Health News: consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: "The day when a simple blood test or saliva sample can identify your risk for medical conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease seems tantalizingly close. But while advances in genetic testing increasingly give people critical information that may help prevent disease, genetics experts say sometimes the hype around these tests has outstripped the science. Insurers, meanwhile, generally only cover tests if there's strong scientific evidence that it can provide a health benefit to patients" (Andrews, 12/10). Read the column.

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