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Can your doctor give you your medical records?

Can your doctor give you your medical records?

Yes. It is the law that doctors must give patients copies of their medical records when they ask. Very rarely, doctors deny requests, but must explain why. If you’re younger than 18, your parent or guardian will probably need to request your medical records.

How can I get my medical records from my doctor?

If you would like to access your own health information or records, you have a right to request this by contacting the health service provider with whom your information is being held. This may be your GP, specialist or a hospital where you are or were a patient.

Can a patient get a copy of their own medical records?

Health consumers in NSW have a right to access their medical records (NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002). Generally doctors will respond promptly to such a request to ensure your new treating practitioner has your full medical history and you have continuity of care.

Do I own my own medical records?

The U.S. does not have a federal law that states who owns medical records, although it is clear under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that patients own their information within medical records with a few exceptions.

How long does my doctor keep my medical records?

seven years
How far back do medical records have to be kept? NSW medical practitioners are required to retain patients’ records for at least seven years from the date of the last entry.

Why does it take so long to get medical records?

Records can sometimes be thousands of pages long, so sorting through them to find the requested information can take time, and your provider may have a high volume of requests. If your provider needs more than 30 days, the office must give you a reason for the delay and a new delivery date within the next 30 days.

Can you request medical records from your doctor?

Requesting your medical records from your doctor or hospital may seem complicated. But, it is your right to review your medical records and be updated about the vital information. Traditionally medical records were maintained by your healthcare provider.

Can a doctor deny you a copy of your records?

A provider cannot deny you a copy of your records because you have not paid for the health services you have received.

What happens to medical records after a doctor retires?

If your doctor retires or is no longer in practice, all medical records must still be maintained under the law. This pertains even if a doctor has died or dissolves the practice without a sale. Under the law, the medical records should be transferred to another healthcare provider that agrees to accept the responsibility.

How can I access my confidential medical records?

In order for the office, clinic, or hospital to release your confidential medical record information, you will need to complete and sign some type of authorization for release of information form. Usually there is no charge for records to be sent to another doctor, hospital, or other medical facility for continuity of care.