A scientific basis for cost-benefit analysis of genetics services

Trends Genet. 1993 Feb;9(2):46-52. doi: 10.1016/0168-9525(93)90186-L.


Economic appraisal of genetics services is important, but, in this sensitive area, analyses limited to financial aspects understandably cause public concern. Evaluation of these services must take account of their aim of helping everyone with a genetic disadvantage to live and reproduce as normally as possible, and must apply equally to patients and to couples at risk of having affected children. Here we propose that the classical concept of genetic fitness can be useful in evaluating genetics services, because it is measurable, and truly represents their underlying aim.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Therapeutic
  • Algorithms
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis*
  • Eugenics
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Genetic Counseling / economics*
  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn
  • Genetic Testing / economics*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / economics*
  • Resource Allocation
  • State Medicine / economics
  • United Kingdom
  • World Health Organization
  • beta-Thalassemia / genetics
  • beta-Thalassemia / prevention & control