Is it time to fund non-invasive prenatal testing for all women?

In less than a decade, prenatal screening has been transformed.

Pregnancy

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing, also known as cell-free DNA testing, means women can now undergo more accurate, non-invasive screening for fetal abnormalities earlier in their pregnancy.

But it’s an option that remains out of reach for many.

A logical test to fund

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) was first introduced commercially in Australia in 2012, but remains unfunded by either Medicare or private health insurers. Women must pay $400 or more

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