It's a routine question in exam rooms: explain your family health history. The bill would give people who are adopted access to their birth certificate, and, a medical history form, if available. Hundreds of people walk through the doors at UR Medicine Primary Care to see their family doctor.
Doctor Michael Mendoza says he has had patients who were adopted, and didn't know their family history, "it's really tough, we do the best that we can, we try to get as much information from the patient as we would ordinarily, but often when we don't have that family history we're in some respects driving blind."
Dr. Mendoza says knowing a family health history can help doctors screen patients for cancer and other hereditary.
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