Why Shouldn’t Insurance Companies Know Your Genetic Information?

Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (9999):345-356 (2007)
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In this paper I state and reject two of the most commonly given arguments for regulating access by insurance companies to the results of genetic tests. I then argue that since we cannot assume a priori that those genetically predisposed to disease will have worse health outcomes than those not so disposed, we cannot know a priori that genetic discrimination will emerge as a major problem in a free market health insurance system. Finally, I explore the possibility of a free-market solution to the problem of genetic discrimination:genetic insurance.



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Neil A. Manson
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