Not everyone is a candidate for genetic testing. Your personal medical history and your family history can provide the necessary information to determine: 1) whether there is a genetic test available for the disease in your family and 2) whether genetic testing is an option for you to consider.
Should you decide to proceed with genetic testing, the Center for Medical Genetics will help make all of the necessary arrangements and ensure that your testing is confidential. Payment for genetic testing goes directly to the specific laboratory performing the testing. Insurance companies may or may not cover the cost of genetic testing. We assist those individuals who want genetic testing to obtain insurance coverage by helping to facilitate preauthorization and writing letters of medical necessity.
The cost of genetic testing ranges from approximately $150 to $3000 depending on the type of testing being performed. If a genetic mutation is identified in an individual, the cost to test other family members usually drops significantly.
We also discuss federal and state legislative protections and potential gaps regarding health insurance and employment.
Genetic tests are currently available for the following conditions and many others:
- Cancer including breast, ovarian, colon, pancreas, thyroid, skin, sarcoma, brain, prostate, uterus, bladder, kidney, stomach, pheochromocytoma and others
- Movement Disorders like Huntington disease, Parkinson disease, dystonia and spinocerebellar ataxias
- Cardiac Disease including long QT syndrome, certain cardiomyopathies and dyslipoproteinemias, and others
- Muscular Dystrophies like Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy and myotonic dystrophy
- Blood Disorders including hemophilia, inherited thrombophilias (e.g. factor V Leiden), sickle cell disease, alpha and beta thalassemias and others
- Known Genetic Conditions like neurofibromatosis, Marfan syndrome, hemochromatosis, polycystic kidney disease and cystic fibrosis