Euroscreen 2: towards community policy on insurance, commercialization and public awareness.
SourceJournal of Medicine and Philosophy, 26, 3, (2001), pp. 263--72
Article / Letter to editor
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Ethics, Philosophy, History of Medical Sciences
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
SubjectCentre for Ethics; Health care practices and chronic disorders. Bioethical, philosophical and historical perspectives; Gezondheidszorgpraktijken en chronische aandoeningen
The project Euroscreen 2 has examined genetic screening and testing with particular reference to implications for insurance, commercialization through marketing of genetic tests direct to the public, and issues surrounding raising public awareness of these and other developments in genetics, including the practical experiment of a Gene Shop. This paper provides a snapshot of the three year project. The study group's work included monitoring developments in different European countries and exploring possibilities for regulation in insurance and commercialization together with public attitudes to regulation. The success or failure of different strategies is not independent of public awareness. Exploration of policy, however, also requires examination of fundamental concepts such as solidarity and geneticization.
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