Genetic testing is no longer offered only to people with rare genetic conditions but also to healthy people to detect if they carry a genetic mutation that may place them at high risk of developing preventable conditions. In theory, population genetic testing makes sense to mitigate those risks, but in practice, financial toxicity may deter people from taking the appropriate screening measures. A genetic counselor’s story illustrates how the costs associated with establishing a screening plan, deductibles, and lifetime screening expenses deter patients from seeking healthcare visits.

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