Genome sequencing may be the future of the health care system. It can also show the future of an individual’s health, indicating that his genetics, as well as his or her lifestyle, may have predisposed him to certain diseases. After a few blood tests and a thorough study of the person’s genetic make-up, the results will show if they have strong risks in developing certain types of cancer or heart illnesses. Sometimes, an indicator for a very rare but life-threatening condition can also crop up.
It sounds like a cross between E.R. and Star Trek, but the science for genome sequencing is being developed and might become more accessible as time goes by. The benefits can be enormous and be empowering for those who have gone through the tests. Genes without any predisposition for the big C can make their owner rest easy.
On the other hand, those who had inherited the “cancer gene” from their parents do not necessarily have to live out the rest of their days in fear and anxiety. Following the test, they can take steps to reduce their risks and prevent the disease from happening to them.
The question remains then: assuming all this is made accessible to the public, how much will they have to pay for it? According to Wired, genome sequencing will add $350 to the overall health costs that the American patient pays for every year. This is a hypothetical statement made by medical researchers who had conducted a genome sequencing experiment on 50 volunteers. The service is not yet available and the $350 is simply projected expense.
The amount is much higher in Australia where genome sequencing is actually being offered by health centers to patients who do want to find out if they are at risk for cancer, a heart attack, or little-known but deadly illnesses.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the price for the genome sequencing, along with the resultant consultation, is A$6,400 or US$4,867. The Sydney-based Garvan Institute’s Genome.One launched the service last week and called it a milestone in preventive medicine. Its tests will show patients if they carry genes that make them prone to heart illnesses or the Big C. Another benefit of the Genome.One genome sequencing is that it will also show a patient how they will respond to about 20 known medications; as a result, his or her doctor will be better informed as to the kind of pharmaceutical drugs that he can prescribe for them.
The long-term benefits of genome sequencing are inarguable. People can save thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention the stress and anxiety, if they were to find out the conditions they are prone to, and take steps to prevent their development. But $6,400 per test is still a steep price for a lot of patients. Even doctors want the costs down. When a group of physicians was asked their willingness to recommend genome sequencing to their patients, they said they would do so only if the service costs $100.
Tips for expats to set up businesses in foreign countries
The landscape for rental cars is changing — here’s why
Is the recession upon us? Think global synchronized bond collapse
What is hardware inventory software?
Stock market crash advice for robo-advisor investors
Cannabis acceptance grows as hemp industry leader PotNetwork Holding breaks CBD sales records
This fast-growing organic products stock already has space on Whole Foods’ shelves
Why Vapor Group Inc. might be the breakout penny stock you’ve been looking for in 2018
The CBD industry is enjoying a boost from the lifestyle sector
When you should consult your financial advisor
Promoting women’s football in Malta by UEFA projects
Euro NCAP marks its 20th anniversary with two crash tests
European Parliament’s International Trade Committee backs CETA
The American Heart Association has released four new PSAs
PwC presents 20th global CEO survey results in Switzerland
Crypto3 days ago
Could Global Blockchain Technologies change the way we invest in cryptocurrency?
Featured3 days ago
This hemp market player’s growth is about to go into overdrive
Crypto3 days ago
One of America’s oldest gold mines enters the crypto-century
Featured4 days ago
CBD stocks emerge strong in the growing cannabis industry, marijuana legalization
Featured4 days ago
The gig economy has matured — when will the business world catch up?
Business3 days ago
Why is it becoming harder for millennials to be homeowners?
Business5 days ago
Google tests new Reply app
Agriculture3 days ago
The benefits of supporting sustainable palm oil