On the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

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A Review of GINA – 2008

[By Carol Miller RN MBA]

This Act prohibits the use of genetic information to make health insurance coverage determinations and in employment-related decisions.

GINA supports a patient’s privacy. Forty states have enacted legislation related to genetic discrimination in health insurance and thirty-one states have adopted laws regarding genetic discrimination in the workplace according to the National Human Genome Research Institute.


For more info: www.genome.gov



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4 Responses

  1. Dr. Dietrich Stephan Talks About the Benefits and Challenges of Genetic Testing

    All human disease has a genetic component; therefore, genetic testing is a powerful tool that can help to truly personalize care. However, without the proper groundwork to make this delivery of health care affordable, not much can be done.

    In this video, Dr. Stephan discusses the progress that is being made in this area and how he believes personalized medicine will revolutionize the delivery of health care.

    This video was taken at the CBI Conference on Personalized Medicine on March 13th, 2012 in Washington, DC.

    Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA
    [Managing Editor]


  2. See What Happens When One Man’s Genome Is Revealed


    An interesting post, video and story; thanks for publishing.



  3. Docs dissuade patients from home genetic tests

    The genetic testing market may be booming, but not all physicians are convinced that the benefits of cracking patients’ genetic codes outweigh the drawbacks.


    Just not yet ready for prime-time.

    Dr. Kingsley


  4. What About Age Discrimination?
    [1 in 5 Patients Over Age 50 Experience Healthcare Discrimination]

    One of the first studies to research the health effects of discrimination on older patients by doctors or hospitals was recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Here are some key findings:

    • 1 in 5 patients over age 50 experienced healthcare-related discrimination.
    • Age was the most common reason cited for the discrimination by respondents of all sexes and age groups.
    • It was the number one reason given by members of all racial or ethnic groups except African Americans.
    • 28.5% of those who frequently experienced such discrimination developed new or worsened disabilities over the course of 4 years.

    Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine, March 12, 2015


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