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Published On: April 18, 2023|Categories: Treatment|

According to research published by the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 70 percent of all Americans are on medication. Marking the United States as one of the highest prescription-dependent countries in the world 

This alarming number has seen a significant rise over the last decade, with now more than 50 percent of all Americans taking at least two prescription medications simultaneously. While taking more than one medication at the same time isn’t in and of itself a bad thing, it can be dangerous if either the healthcare provider or the patient isn’t fully informed about the side effects.

GeneSight Testing is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of new medication (whether a single prescription or simultaneous ones). The test is generally very simple and can provide invaluable insights into how a person would respond to a medication. 

In this article, we’re going to provide you with a complete and efficient overview of GeneSight testing; what it is and what it’s used for, if it’s covered by insurance, as well as what you get out of the results of this test.

What is GeneSight testing?

GeneSight testing is a pharmacogenomic test, which is a type of genetic testing that evaluates which medications would be effective for you, and which could be potentially harmful.

GeneSight testing helps healthcare providers make better informed decisions around the medications they prescribe to their patients. This test analyzes a person’s genetic makeup, and then provides information around how exactly one person’s genes will influence how they respond to various medications. 

How does GeneSight testing work?

The GeneSight test is a simple cheek swab that can be self-administered at home or taken in your health provider’s office. 

This is a painless sample collection process, and once attained, the sample is sent to the lab for a formal genetic analysis. The information is then forwarded to your healthcare provider, who will then share the results with you so you can discuss treatment methods moving forwards.

Who is GeneSight testing for?

GeneSight testing is an appropriate test for any person considering medication (of any kind or dosage) as a form of treatment.

Why is genetic testing important?

Genetic testing is important because the use of medication always carries a risk

Different medications affect people in different ways, and sometimes it can take months or even years to find the right medication for you. This trial-and-error period of trying new medications is not without its own challenges. While some people respond well or “not at all” to these medications, others experience serious and sometimes even dangerous effects.

By engaging in genetic testing before and throughout your medication journey, healthcare providers are able to acquire a more well-rounded and accurate view of your genetic makeup. This, in turn, enables them to provide you with the safest and most effective medications, as well as save you from experiencing potentially life-altering side effects. 

Is GeneSight testing covered by insurance?

Insurance will be billed for the cost of the GeneSight test, though whether or not you have to cover a portion of the cost will depend on your insurance and the plan you have.

The GeneSight website affirms that 95 percent of their patients pay less than $330 for the test, but in circumstances where the test may cost more, options will always be discussed with the patient.

There is a Financial Assistance Program for individuals with commercial insurance, as well as some alternative options for those without insurance.

Find GeneSight testing near you

High Focus Centers is a premier healthcare center that specializes in providing outpatient mental health and substance use treatment for adults and adolescents.

While we are located in a variety of states, GeneSight testing is offered at our Marietta, Georgia location.

If you think you might benefit from genetic testing or would like to speak with an advisor to learn more about how GeneSight can help your recovery, send us a message or call us today at 866-204-7306.

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