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Genetics and Life Insurance: Medical Underwriting and Social Policy

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Insurance companies routinely use an individual's medical history and family medical history in determining eligibility for life insurance; this is part of the process of medical underwriting. Insurers have also long used genetic information, often derived from family history, in underwriting. But rapid advances in gene identification and genetic testing are changing the ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by MIT Press (MA) (first published April 9th 2004)
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Ryan Kennedy
Jan 16, 2015 Ryan Kennedy rated it liked it
This book helped me understand the anxieties felt by underwriters and prospective life insurance buyers in the information age. Using a collection of articles, the book offers various views on how genetic testing and increased knowledge of illnesses has affected and will affect the insurance game. The book begins with a great article on the demographics regarding how people feel about insurance companies knowing the results of their genetic tests. The only downside of the book is that some of ...more
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