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Addressing perceived economic obstacles to genetic testing as a way to mitigate disparities in family health history for adoptees

  • Thomas May (a1) (a2) (a3) and James P. Evans (a4)


In this paper, we ask whether or not we can afford to realize the potential benefits of genetic testing as a screening tool for adoptees. Our method is to provide reasonable cost and savings estimates. We argue that the prospect of cost neutrality should be sufficient to explore the targeted screening for a population who will otherwise suffer an avoidable health disparity in access to inherited disease information. Our goal here is to establish that the investment needed to attain these benefits is not beyond our means.


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*Correspondence to: Thomas May, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686, USA. Email:


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