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The Economics of New Health TechnologiesIncentives, organization, and financing$
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Joan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage, and Alistair McGuire

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.001.0001

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Institutional pathways for integrating genetic testing into mainstream health care

Institutional pathways for integrating genetic testing into mainstream health care

(p.275) Chapter 17 Institutional pathways for integrating genetic testing into mainstream health care
The Economics of New Health Technologies

Hristina Petkova

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how new knowledge generated by advances in science can be assimilated into public health care systems, allowing quicker integration of new technology into routine care. An example is drawn from maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) study applied to two very different health care systems: Germany and the UK. The chapter shows that differences in the organization, funding, and delivery of care generally can affect genetic innovation. The degree of institutional take-up of testing for MODY as a single gene disorder with highly differential diagnosis and established clinical implications for alternative treatment shows strong association with the general pattern of the health care structures. The implementation trajectories for MODY diagnosis in the two countries diverge at several points, from research expertise and pattern of provision, to diffusion channels in mainstream service.

Keywords:   medical innovation, public health, MODY, Germany, UK

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