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Which insurers pay out for cancer gene test?


Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie's brave decision to speak publicly about her elective double mastectomy after discovering the BRCA1 gene was big news last week.

In Ireland, some women have also undergone the procedure – but do you have to pay?

If you get referred by your GP for the test and surgery is recommended in the public system, it is fully paid for.

However, waiting for the test can take up to 18 months. The position of private insurers is:


MD Donal Clancy said they have had cases and will pay for the test, surgery and reconstruction for customers where the procedure is deemed clinically necessary by a consultant.


A spokesperson said: "VHI Healthcare deals with these on a case-by-case basis and have paid a number over the years."


Doesn't cover the gene test, but will cover medically-necessary breast surgery and reconstruction.


"Each case would be treated on its own merits, based on the medical information provided," a spokesperson said.