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Genes and Insurance
By Marcus Radetzki

Genes and Insurance

Ethical, Legal and Economic Issues

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Genes and Insurance by Marcus Radetzki

Book Awards

  • Winner of BILA Book Prize 2004.

Book Description

The result of two key social developments in recent years are examined here: the partial dismantling of the welfare state and the progress of genetics. Genetic insights are increasingly valuable for risk assessment, and insurers would like to use these insights to help determine premiums. Combined with the fact that social welfare is being curtailed, this could potentially create an uninsured high-risk population. Along with considerations of autonomy and privacy, this is the basis for an ethical critique of insurer's access to information. The result has often been regulation of such information; but the authors argues that due to adverse selection, regulation will not solve these problems, and this may jeopardize the survival of private personal insurance. Instead, we should look towards the resurrection of social insurance, a key component of the welfare state. This will interest academic researchers as well as professionals involved with genetics and insurance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521830904
ISBN-10: 0521830907
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Considers problems associated with genetic information in an age of declining welfare provision, and offers direction for future policy.

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