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Opinion 2.135 - Insurance Companies and Genetic Information

Physicians should not participate in genetic testing by health insurance companies to predict a person’s predisposition for disease. As a corollary, it may be necessary for physicians to maintain separate files for genetic testing results to ensure that the results are not sent to health insurance companies when requests for copies of patient medical records are fulfilled. Physicians who withhold testing results should inform insurance companies that, when medical records are sent, genetic testing results are not included. This disclosure should occur with all patients, not just those who have undergone genetic testing. (IV)

Issued June 1994 based on the report "Physician Participation in Genetic Testing by Health Insurance Companies," adopted June 1993; Updated June 1996.