Approximately 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, making up half of all nursing home residents, but very few people have been tested for it’s specific gene. Last month, however, the gene testing company 23andMe started offering tests that reveal whether people carry the gene, while assessing their risks for developing certain conditions. Following the wave, other genetics companies are planning to offer similar tests, allowing many Americans to get a better grasp on their medical futures. Although a benefit to the American people,
…insurance companies selling long-term care insurance might experience a disaster, sending risky patients in search of policies and damaging an already fragile business.
The potential impact of gene testing has the ability to increase adverse selection, which in turn could impact the availability and affordability of certain products.