When patients receive these tests, they might not understand the likelihood of a false result. Most of these genetic tests are done under the advisory of a genetic counselor as well as a medical professional that helps families select the right tests and decide on what to do with the results. But according to the NECIR investigation, genetic counselors are likely pushing patients towards tests in which they have personal financial stakes: “There’s little question that genetic counselors are operating in a more free-wheeling environment than other healthcare professionals…Most medical companies must report how much they pay doctors for research, royalties, travel, and speaking fees, but the federal law doesn’t cover payments to genetic counselors. As a result, patients often have no easy way to know whether their counselor has a possible conflict of interest,” the piece reads. That’s important because it’s a genetic counselor’s job to explain the caveats and risks associated with each genetic test, which they might not be doing if they want more people to be taking the tests.