Genetic testing will only continue to grow

That means complex coverage issues, concerns for plan sponsors
By John Halls
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2011

The last few years have seen a rapid growth in the discovery of genes associated with hereditary diseases or susceptibility and an accompanying rise in the number of genetic tests available. And while most Canadians access genetic testing through the public system, there is also a developing private market.

As more tests become available for conditions of greater incidence (such as heart disease or common cancers), it’s likely the private market will expand. Health plan sponsors need to be aware of this emerging medical technology, along with how genetic testing can improve care and the implications for plan costs.

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