The Wall Street Journal reports that several companies are using genetic testing to help employees lose weight or learn about certain cancer markers. Sounds awesome, right? Wouldn’t you like to be prepared and take precautions if you knew that you were genetically predisposed to breast cancer? Or if you knew that you were likely develop Type II Diabetes, it might inspire you to exercise more and eat less. If you’re predisposed to colon cancer, you might just schedule that colonoscopy sooner rather than later.
All of this can not only save your life, but it can save your health insurance company a fortune. And who, ultimately, is paying your health insurance? Your employer. Employers see this as a way to save costs in the long run.
Personally, I’m all in favor of genetic testing, but not when the company is involved. While these companies swear on a stack of metaphorical bibles that they will never access this information, it puts the company at risk. How?
Let’s say Jane decides to participate in her company’s free genetic testing program. Because, hey, free testing! Her test comes back and shows that she’s a genetic disaster. She has markers for Type II Diabetes, breast cancer, and colon cancer. She’s a time bomb waiting to happen. Poor Jane.
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