Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia
Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
While the policy issues raised by the potential use of genetic information
in health insurance risk classification have been exhaustively discussed in
the literature, much less attention has been given to the relationship between
genetic information and access to life insurance. Mark Rothstein, editor of
this collection of essays and author of two substantive entries, counters
that “the legislative focus on genetic discrimination is shifting from
health insurance to life insurance.” Genetics and
Life Insurance serves as a sophisticated and balanced preview of this
debate. Its chapters, by industry and consumer representatives, economists,
bioethicists, philosophers, health services researchers, and legal scholars,
identify the principal policy disputes.
Mehlman MJ. Genetics, Insurance. JAMA. 2005;293(19):2414-2418. doi:10.1001/jama.293.19.2414-a