Is there any national health system that registers both biological sex and gender in the medical records?

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This response to an article raises some concerns related to how the attribute "sex" is used within the NHS:

Healthcare providers and the NHS should hold accurate, reliable
information about patient's sex as a basic minimum.

At the moment they do not. There is no single data attribute that
records that I am female (and not in fact a male person who identifies
as female and has asked to have their record changed).

This is very important because it might lead to malpraxis:

The patient is given the wrong treatment as a result of a failure to
match the patient correctly with their artefacts (samples, letters,
specimens, X-rays, and so on).

This Psychology & Neuroscience answer provides a quick way to understand the difference between sex and gender:

Sex is a biological construct, what is real:. Attributes that characterize biological maleness and femaleness include:

  • Chromosomes
  • Hormones
  • Anatomy

Gender is a social construct, or 'man-made':. Attitudes and feelings that a given culture associates with a person's biological sex such as:

  • Gender expression
  • Gender roles and behaviors
  • Gender identity

If I understand correctly, a medical system should be concerned about storing both values and especially the first one which is an input for what is "normal" medical results values, treatment decisions, etc.

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