Blood types not listed on birth records
I just found out that there are no medical records or birth records showing the blood type of either of my two children. Can that be? I called my children's pediatrician and was told they don't have any record of their blood types and also that they didn't think Kapiolani Medical Center would have the information because my kids are now in their 20s. I tried to call the state Department of Health records office, but can never get through because the lines are always busy. Is this true that the blood type is not listed anywhere on their records?
Answer: Blood type is not recorded on Hawaii birth certificates.
"Hawaii follows national standards for information included on U.S. certificates of live birth documents," explained Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health.
We found a copy of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth online. For the baby, the document requires only a name; time of birth; sex; date of birth; facility name (or address if not in a facility); city, town or location of birth; and county of birth.
It also is not standard practice "anywhere" to draw a baby's blood to find out the blood type, said Claire Tong, spokeswoman for Hawaii Pacific Health, which encompasses Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
Expectant mothers/parents can talk to their pediatricians and request that the pediatrician submit a written request for the blood type to be determined, she said.
"But, in standard practice, blood drawn for (determining) blood type has to have a medical indication" -- some reason or rationale for doing so, Tong said. She also said determining blood type likely is not something that necessarily would be covered by health insurers, unless there was a specific medical indication.
We checked with the Hawaii Medical Services Association, which verified that policy.
Under HMSA, "a blood test ordered solely to determine blood type is not covered," said spokesman Cliff Cisco. "A blood test ordered by a physician in the course of diagnosing a medical condition is covered."
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