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Should Gene Therapy be Covered by Medical Insurance

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Started: 4/14/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hurtado

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My stance on this subject is that Gene Therapy should not be covered under medical insurance. I think this because there are certain liabilities that come with replacing malfunctioned DNA with good DNA. The DNA can be placed in the wrong location, activate the wrong proteins or systems, or cause cancer by cell rejection. The benefits are numerous for gene therapy but insurance companies have to have a safety line. If a person dies by receiving medical care should the company have to give money for a mistake? I think it"s rather the opposite. If an affected person is in need of gene therapy than a fundraiser or out of pocket should be used because this extinguishes any liability by insurance or other money lending company.
Flipz

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I accept your challenge. Insurance companies should cover GT for a couple good reasons. First, in the event of GT damages, insurance companies would not be held liable under the current way we litigate torts. A third party providing payment and not actually involved in delivering care cannot be sued. Though GT is still experimental, doctors can advise patients of the risk.

Second, not everyone that needs GT can afford it, and GT provides innumerable benefits despite the risks, like cancer treatment when chemotherapy falls short or strengthening the longevity of patients’ lives after heart failure.

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Posted by whiteflame 2 years ago
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If liability is the major concern, shouldn't you be advocating that it never be used at all? Liability to doctors is pretty hefty as a result of botched treatments as well, isn't it?
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