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Books, Journals, New Media
May 18, 2005

Genetics, Insurance

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2005;293(19):2414-2418. doi:10.1001/jama.293.19.2414-a

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.