Israeli Ministry of Health Announces It Will Pay for Advanced Genetic Testing
The Israeli Ministry of Health has announced that genetic chip testing--the most advanced method to identify chromosomal abnormalities in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women--will be included in the health services covered by the State.
Up until now, women have had to pay over 800 dollars for this testing. Hadassah University Medical Center is the only hospital in Israel that routinely uses genetic chip testing and has performed over 1,800 tests during the past three years. The traditional method of testing--the Karyotype test--can only identify a segment of known abnormalities and takes 21 days to provide results. "The genetic chip 'sees' 100 times more than the other test," relates Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Genetics and Metabolic Diseases and the Monique and Jacques Roboh Department of Genetic Research at Hadassah. In addition, it provides results within four days.
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potential. Although 2012 has been “a year full of challenges for the life
science industry,” says Einat Zisman, Hadasit’s Chief Executive Officer,
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