Belgium: The new screening test for Down syndrome is estimated to be 99% reliable

Publié le : 23 May 2014

 In Belgium, following the request of the Health Minister, the Conseil Supérieur de la Santé (CSS) (Superior Health Council) and the Centre Fédéral d’Expertise des Soins de Santé (KCE) (Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre) have just put forward their viewpoints on the new prenatal screening test for Down syndrome based on a simple maternal blood test. This Thursday, both organisations pleaded "for a reduction in costs with a view to reimbursement by the “Inami" [Institut national d’assurance maladie-invalidité – the Belgian Health Insurance Agency].Currently, in Belgium, almost 80% of pregnant women wish to undergo screening for Down syndrome. This costs 460 Euros but the CSS and KCE are asking for it to be lowered to 150 Euros so that the test can be used instead of current procedures (ultrasound scan, biochemical analysis and amniocentesis in high risk cases). 

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