1Co-Director, Division of Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, USA email@example.com.
2Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA.
The incorporation of genetics into health services research has largely floundered, despite the rapidly accelerating availability of, and access to, such data. This is expected given the ethical questions involved. However, using these new resources robustly to examine population choices when it comes to health insurer selection, coverage therein and especially the subsequent use of health services is a necessary step forward, especially given the increasing prevalence of multimorbidity. Such a novel advancement in health services research may eventually propel public and private insurers to redesign their infrastructure to more accurately reflect the behavioural inclinations of their beneficiary populations. Using this resource will likely provide equally important insight for countries with extensive mixed insurer systems (like the United States) or nations with a greater emphasis on single-payer systems (such as various European models).