Genetic Test Results Off Limits-For Now

Pharmaceutical Executive

Pharmaceutical Executive, Pharmaceutical Executive-12-01-2001, Volume 0, Issue 0

London, UK-Insurance companies will be unable to use genetic test results to approve or deny claims for at least the next five years, following a new agreement between the British government and the Association of British Insurers. The move ensures that people can still get insurance coverage whether or not they have had a test.

London, UK-Insurance companies will be unable to use genetic test results to approve or deny claims for at least the next five years, following a new agreement between the British government and the Association of British Insurers. The move ensures that people can still get insurance coverage whether or not they have had a test.

During the next five years, the government will work with the insurance industry to develop a long-term policy. For now, the rules apply to life policies of up to £500,000 and long-term care insurance and income protection of up to £300,000.

Health minister Lord Philip Hunt says, "I recognize that there is public anxiety around the use of genetic test results and insurance, and I welcome this five-year breathing space to work with the industry to get things right. However, if there is evidence of serious and persistent noncompliance by the insurance industry, then the government is prepared to enforce the moratorium, through legislation, if necessary."