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Most consumers want predictive tests to learn if a disease is in their future
Date:1/7/2011

, even if it were free. Among those not wanting the test, major concerns expressed included the cost of the test, living with the knowledge of one's disease risk, and the lack of preventive measures.
  • Test results may alter future behavior. When faced with positive test results, individuals indicated they would change certain aspects of their lives, such as spending more time with loved ones (51%), putting their finances in order (48%), or traveling more (31%).

    "By taking into account all implications of these tests including the risks, costs, potential cost offsets, and the value they have outside of medical outcomeswe can build better policies and make better decisions about coverage and reimbursement, so that we may more accurately reflect patient preferences and appropriate uses of societal resources," says Neumann.


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