Confidentiality & the Risk of Genetic Discrimination: What Surgeons Need to Know.

Surgical oncology clinics of North America

PubMedID: 26363536

Gammon A, Neklason DW. Confidentiality & the Risk of Genetic Discrimination: What Surgeons Need to Know. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2015;24(4):667-81.
In the past decade, laws have been passed to provide legal protections against genetic discrimination. Many members of the public and medical providers are unaware of the legislation, and concerns about genetic privacy can prevent delivery of optimal medical care. Patient health information, including genetic testing and family history, is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Additional protections are granted through the Americans with Disabilities Act, state laws, and the Affordable Care Act. Communicating a genetic test result back to a patient is important for medical management decisions and family members.