UK insurers postpone using predictive genetic testing until 2011

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:617
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Insurance companies in the United Kingdom have agreed to postpone using information from genetic tests that predicts risk of disease when they set insurance premiums. The postponement, announced by the Department of Health, will last until after 2011.

The health secretary, John Reid, announced that the government had negotiated an agreement with the Association of British Insurers, the trade organisation for insurance companies in the United Kingdom, to extend the current voluntary restrictions on the use of predictive genetic test results by insurers by five years, to November 2011.

The agreement is part of a new …

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