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how can i request my medical record? what can i do?

i have been going to this hospital for more that 10 years and i wanted to know if i can get all my record. i have a heart disease so you can imagine how many things i have been through so know i want that information i know that it is a lot of things nut is it possible to get?
In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Jun 30, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Canpanita:

If you are over 18 years of age, you own your medical records according to HIPPA laws.  The hospital will always keep the originals but will copy them for you--usually there is a fee.  If you are a minor (under 18), then your parent or guardian must request the records.  When requesting records, it is always best to go over them with a trusted doctor or some one who was involved in your care to interpret the tests and studies done.

Best wishes.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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Karenmom
Jun 22, 2011
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HI Canpanita,

Yes, you can obtain a copy of your medical records including x-rays and test reports.  You will have to contact the hospital, in person and make a formal request in the records department.  Usually, they will check to be sure that your account is paid in full and you will have to sign a paper regarding that they have released the records to you.  They will not release your private records to anyone other than you unless you have included in your paperwork that someone else is allowed to know your private information or if you are a minor and someone else has signed responsible for you.  You may need to come back at a later time to pick up your information or may be asked to wait, which could still take a long time to gather all your information.  After they have released your records to you, it will be your responsibility to forward your information to the next attending doctor or hospital should the need arise and they will no longer be responsible for forwarding information for you for those past visits.

I'm sorry that you have been through so much and I realize that you must have quiet a file including tests, so you will need to allow them adequate time to gather 10 years of information together.  If you are planning to read through all this information to see what they have noted about you, be prepared that these notes are not easily translated and you may still need the doctor to help you sort through their terminology and explain the meaning of certain tests or procedures.

Hope you continue to do well and wish you all the best!

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