Pregnant women can directly opt for SIP-test

Pregnant women can directly opt for SIP-test

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Pregnant women can be there from april 2017 directly choose to take the SIP test. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (SIP) to help determine whether an unborn child is Down syndrome or another congenital disorder, is partially compensated for.

Minister Edith Schippers (public Health) makes 26 million euros for a subsidy scheme. This is evident from the budget for 2017 of the ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).

Pregnant women should now first, for its own account, a blood test. Only if it turns out that they have an increased risk for a child with a congenital disorder, they can opt for the SIP.

For the test is from april to a charge of 175 euro is requested. That amount is about as high as the cost of the blood test, these women now also have to pay for yourself. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (SIP) is only done in the eight university medical centres (umcs).

The SIP is a reliable blood test to help determine whether an unborn child is Down syndrome, Edwards and Patau. Advantage of SIP is that it is less risky than, for example, amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, and better predicts than the blood test.

Schippers emphasized that it is a choice of the pregnant woman continues to SIP or not to do. “The SIP is not routinetest. The choice to screen is a personal consideration. I attach great importance to good and objective information in advance, so that women are well informed and can decide to participate or not.”

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