On a Facebook post asking if adoptees should have the right to their original birth certificate, the comments quickly devolved into the usual default opinions. “Medical records should be available to the adopted person but birth parents deserve privacy” is the recurring sentiment reflected in many of the comments to this post on Facebook. Those comments reflect ignorance of what medical records are, versus, what a family health history is. It’s appalling that people do not understand the difference.
How can people not know this?
A medical record is a chronological record of your visits to the doctor, the hospital, diagnostic testing, complaints, findings, treatment, medicines. That is a medical record. I’m on my second folder at just one of my specialists.
There is no way that an adoptee could receive (or want) all their parents medical records, how embarrassing, to say the least.
Think about how many doctors you’ve had throughout your life, add in specialists, how is this the least bit useful to the adoptee?
On the other hand, a family health history is a profile of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree relatives and what medical diagnoses they had, the age of the diagnosis, the outcome, the lifestyles, their ethnicity / nationality, their sex, the age they passed, and from what. That provides the physician a profile of what diseases run in the family, how often it shows up in each generation, or every other generation. It tells the physician the inheritance pattern of that disease in that specific family to decide the risk for their patient. Not everyone will be able to create that level of detail, and many never will create one, but they know a lot by the fact that they grew up in their family, they have knowledge, or can ask someone to fill in the blanks.
A family health history is useful.
And I’m not even getting into once again how ignorant it is to elevate someone’s privacy right for a choice they made and are accountable for, over the right of the one adopted to just have the same right every other citizen has…
Have a safe weekend friends…