Call to make prenatal tests available for all

Non-invasive prenatal testing should be made available through the public health system to address the current inequity of access, say obstetricians.

With detection rates greater than 99% for Down syndrome and false-positive rates of less than 0.5%, non-invasive prenatal testing is now the most sensitive and screening test for fetal chromosomal abnormalities, says Dr Caroline de Costa, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University and Associate Professor Jan Dickinson, a professor of maternal fetal medicine at the University of WA.

Moreover, the non-invasive nature of the test