The title of this post is weak, we know. We spent a long time crafting a clever, eye-catching one so that the one regular reader of Trading Kellys would spot it on her feed--because this is a fascinating topic, even if you won't get that from the post. But we failed, and are running with this bland title.
So, everyone knows that the human genome has been mapped & opened up the world to comprehensive genetic testing. (Or not: the editors haven't stayed up on this, but let's assume it's true for now.) You, a person on this planet, could have your genes tested for genetic disorders.
Except, maybe not. The U.S.D.A. needs to figure out if you actually need a doctor to tell you it's okay to test your own genes. There are hearingsto figure out:
In order to find out what you are---your genes being you; to find out what diseases you may be prey to; to find out what drugs will work for you: You might need a prescription. Which means you'll need a doctor. Which means you'll need insurance or pay out of pocket; which means you'll have to wait however long it takes for an appointment; which means the doctor might not give you a prescription.
Consider that: Not only do you have to go through the time & expense of getting the prescription to find out the most instrumental things about yourself: You might not be allowed to do it at all.
This is a problem. One editor has sufficiently bitched to the world about needing a prescription for an A-1C test. It's just par for the course for the current state of medicine. You are expected to be a lapdog to your doctor; to have no ownership over your health; to take the pills you are told to take, eat what you are told to eat, and return as often as feasible for the tests you are told to take--and expected to be grateful for the privilege.*
It's criminal. As the illustrious author Igna Muscio has written: "