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Ethics, Evidence, and Cost in Newborn Screening

From: Hastings Center Report
Volume 38, Number 3, May-June 2008
pp. 23-31 | 10.1353/hcr.0.0009



When deciding what disorders to screen newborns for, we should be guided by evidence of real effectiveness, take opportunity cost into account, distribute costs and benefits fairly, and respect human rights. Current newborn screening policy does not meet these requirements.

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