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RE: genetic testing and insurance
reposted for Lauren Dame
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From: Lauren Dame <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>On Fri, 11 Oct 1996, Andy Oram wrote:
>[Insurance companies and genetic testing]
>Not really a response, but the post reminded me: some time ago, someone
>posted a bit on one of the lists to which I subscribe--this one seems
>the most logical--alleging that results of genetic testing have _already
>been used_ to deny insurance coverage. The rationale: the test
>revealed a pre-existing condition.
>Does anyone have any details on this? Perhaps a reliable citation? Or
>am I merely repeating another Internet rumor?
>I don't know whether I'm hoping for truth or falsehood here. Of course,
>it's only a matter of time....
>+ Dave Williams +
>+ email@example.com +
***** NOTES from Lauren Dame (LDAME @ CITIZEN) at 10/16/96 9:30a
According to an article in Ob. Gyn. News, August 15, 1996, Lisa Geller,
PhD, of Harvard Medical School and her associates documented 206 cases of
genetic-related insurance discrimination. (See Science and Engineering
Ethics 2:71-88, 1996). I have not read the actual study, but it sounds
like it might provide the information you seek.