Prenatal testing for some rare genetic conditions raises ethical issues and unnecessary anxiety for expectant parents, some medical experts say.
- False positives in non-invasive prenatal testing for rare conditions can lead to anxiety and invasive testing for expectant parents
- Pre-test counselling needs to improve, highlighting the importance of informed consent for tests
- There is no Medicare rebate for the genetic test for the three most common conditions
It said the screening, done by taking a sample of the mother’s blood, was introduced in 2010 and had revolutionised prenatal testing.