Health put at risk by insurers' demands for gene test results

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:623
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Medical ethicists are concerned about the new ruling by insurance companies that results of genetic tests have to be disclosed by people seeking new policies worth more than £100000 ($160000). They warn that the move may deter people from having tests that could save or prolong their lives and jeopardise future research into genetic testing.

    In a statement issued last week the Association of British Insurers confirmed that member companies will not ask people to take genetic tests when applying for life insurance and that they will ignore any adverse test results of new applicants seeking mortgage linked cover of up to £100000. However, the results of those who require higher …

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