Genetic counseling support is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity.
As the number of available genetic tests increases, there is a growing need for genetic counseling to educate providers, patients and their family members about test implications and to communicate the meaning of test results.
Yet systemic limitations keep patients waiting.
Demand exceeds provider capacity
Genetic counselors try valiantly to meet the expanding need for genetic counseling, but demand exceeds their capacity and resources are limited.
Lack of time and high cost
Providers don't have the time or expertise to consistently counsel all patients and the internal cost to support these efforts is high.
Because genetic counselors are primarily located in large metropolitan areas, patients in rural or even mid-sized communities have difficulty accessing genetic services.
And current options aren't the best fit.
Genetic testing laboratories and providers may hire in-house counselors to support their specific tests, but it comes at a significant cost in both time and capital to their core business.
REQUIRED FOR REIMBURSEMENT but must also be INDEPENDENT
Insurers often require genetic counseling for test reimbursement, and increasingly mandate it be independent of both the provider and the laboratory to avoid any conflict of interest.
As a result, patients have limited access to genetic counseling while genetic testing laboratories and providers struggle to find an affordable option that meets insurers requirements. There must be a better way.