Willingness to pay for antenatal carrier screening for cystic fibrosis

Cam Donaldson*, Phil Shackley, Mona Abdalla, Zosia Miedzybrodzka

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We report on a study of women's willingness to pay (WTP) for a cystic fibrosis carrier test by one or other method of service delivery (disclosure or non-disclosure). The results demonstrate that there was no statistically significant difference in WTP for the methods of testing. Those women who received a negative test result were followed up and asked their WTP for such a result. Values obtained at this stage were 16 per cent higher than those obtained pretest result. Use of prompts, rather than simply asking women to state their WTP, had a statistically significant effect on post-test result values. The opportunity to terminate the pregnancy, if a test proved positive, was important, but was not the only consideration. This demonstrates the importance to women of other benefits of screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1995


  • willingness to pay
  • antenatal screening
  • cystic fibrosis


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