Screening for rare genetic disorders

It seems to me a wonderful imperative in a modern socially responsible economy such as Australia to give all would-be parents the opportunity of screening for the numerous rare genetic disorders when planning their families.

My fear however is that short sighted governments won’t see the long term economic benefits when assessing whether to make screening universally available as suggested in this article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Like cancer screening, will governments take the view that it is too expensive an upfront cost, and ignore the huge economic benefits in avoiding future treatment costs for the people afflicted with the genetic disorder? I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

 

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