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Pregnancy: Screening

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3717, tabled on 30 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS is being, or will be, charged for the use of non-invasive prenatal testing technology by technology providers; and if so, what is their estimate of the annual cost to the NHS of such charges.

Answered on

12 December 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is working through the procurement and the evaluative roll out process for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes. It is estimated that the test will cost £200-300 per test and PHE has estimated that approximately 10,000 tests will take place per year. The overall cost is expected to be cost-neutral with less invasive procedures being undertaken.