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How is the trade-off between adverse selection and discrimination risk affected by genetic testing? Theory and experiment

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Bardey, David
De Donder, Philippe
Mantilla Ribero, César Andrés



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Elsevier B.V.

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We develop a theoretical analysis of two widely used regulations of genetic tests, Disclosure Duty and Consent Law, and we run an experiment in order to shed light on both the take-up rate of genetic testing and on the comparison of policyholders’ welfare under the two regulations. Disclosure duty forces individuals to reveal their test results to insurers, exposing them to a discrimination risk. Consent Law allows them to hide any detrimental information, resulting in adverse selection. The experiment results in much lower genetic tests take-up rates with Disclosure Duty than with Consent Law, showing that subjects are very sensitive to the discrimination risk. Under Consent Law, take-up rates increase with the adverse selection intensity. A decrease in the test cost, and in adverse selection intensity, both make it more likely that Consent Law is preferred to Disclosure Duty. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.
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Ethics , Experiment , Genetics , Health insurance , Law enforcement , Theoretical study , Trade-off , Adult , Article , Genetic screening , Genetic susceptibility , Health insurance , Personalized medicine , Welfare , Consent law , Disclosure duty , Personalized medicine , Pooling health insurance contracts , Test take-up rate
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