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what is the strongest argument you can make in favor of allowing insurance carriers to consider an applicant’s genetic information?
1.As discussed earlier, risk and uncertainty are important concepts in health insurance. Individuals purchase health insurance policies to protect themselves financially against healthcare costs, and insurance carriers try to set premiums that will cover the cost of the services used by their beneficiaries. Currently (when allowed by law), insurance carriers may consider factors such as medical history, demographics, type of occupation, size of the beneficiary pool, and similar criteria when setting the terms of an insurance policy. Should health insurance carriers also have access to and be able to use genetic testing results when deciding whether to insure an individual, what premiums to charge, or which services to cover? If you think the answer to that question should be “no,” why is genetic information different from all of the other kinds of information insurance carriers may take into account when making those decisions? Conversely, what is the strongest argument you can make in favor of allowing insurance carriers to consider an applicant’s genetic information? How would allowing genetic testing alter an individual’s or a provider’s diagnosis and treatment decisions? What is the primary policy goal that affects your view?