Sometimes your might find yourself wondering if you are in need of genetic or DNA testing. Perhaps you’re curious, or need it for a medical diagnoses as prescribed by your doctor.
What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic Testing (also known as DNA Testing), is testing that can identify changes (called mutations) in your genes, chromosomes, or even proteins. Finding out the results of a genetic test are used in order to rule out a genetic condition a patient may have. They can also be used to determine the likelihood of developing a genetic disorder. DNA testing can also be used to determine things such as geneology to determine ethnicity.
How can I find out if I need it?
Genetic testing is usually a voluntary test. A doctor may prescribe it if there is a high chance of certain cancers and genetic testing will determine if that is an issue. Certain tests can also let you know if other family members are at risk of a particular disorder. If you are feeling unwell and are unsure of what could be causing it, be sure to contact your primary care provider immediately. Early screening is vital to catching disease or cancer early.
Will Medicare cover it?
When it comes to DNA testing, Medicare typically covers genetic tests only when the patient has signs or symptoms that can only be further clarified by diagnostic testing. Medicare can also cover some genetic tests that determine the patient’s ability to metabolize certain drugs.
Once every three years, Medicare will cover genetic screening only to determine if a patient has colorectal cancer. This is only administered when the patient shows a strong likelihood of signs and symptoms and testing is needed, however, it must be prescribed by a doctor.
If you’re looking for Medicare to cover a genetic test, speak to your doctor to determine if one is necessary.