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The Annual Conference Series 2023: The power of predictive genetic testing as a force for good in insurance.

Recorded: 21/02/2023

Duration: 1 hour

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The ABI Annual Conference 2023 was the standout insurance event of the year, bringing industry leaders, politicians and regulators together to debate the major issues affecting the insurance and long term savings industry.

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Debate, for or against? Science points towards more, better, and widely available predictive genetics testing for health. Such testing can save lives by giving people knowledge of risks they can mitigate by changing lifestyle, getting regular screenings, or undergoing preventative surgery. These are just some of the questions we were  debating:

  • But what does that mean for health and protection insurance?
  • Is it to the benefit or detriment of the consumer?
  • And what are the ramifications for the industry as a whole?
  • Who owns genetic data?
  • Who can use it?
  • When is it ethical to start testing?

Predictive genetics testing raises the question if there is a role for insurers to play in facilitating preventative healthcare to improve consumer health and what the barriers are to this?

Access to patient genetic data could allow insurers to better understand individual- and population-level risks, which has the potential to improve affordability and access to insurance. However, an asymmetry of access to this predictive data between consumer and insurer threatens a situation where only those with high genomic risks seek out insurance in the first place, limiting affordability and access to insurance. The stage was set for an exciting if difficult debate.

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