Why should i have to PAY for my medical records when THE DOC is LEAVING?

United States
December 9, 2008 2:15am CST
i dont get this.. i mean its his fault im not seeing him so why should i have to pay money to get a copy of my medical records?!?! i dont have the money to shell out and i dont know what will happen if i dont pay for them and since i will need them for court later im SCREWED!! am i right in thinking this is some bs?!?!
7 responses
• United States
11 Dec 08
It is crap. You should not have to pay for something that is basically yours and all about you. What the hell are they going to do with it other than file it away?? And some places are outrageous in what they charge you. I needed to get a copy of my x-rays or mri and take it to another doctor..they were going to charge me for them until they learned i was taking them to another doctors..then i didn't have to pay. Um..that makes sense how??
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• United States
11 Dec 08
i know i ran into that too.. and then they wouldnt give them to me they sent them straight to the other doc.. um hello they are about ME i would like to know what was written!!
• United States
11 Dec 08
Makes me wonder what is really in those reports.
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@wheel416 (1019)
• Canada
11 Dec 08
I have heard of this too. While our systems are significantly different, as I live in Canada and not in the United States. I have heard of people needing to pay for their records be transferred, even in Canada. As for the other point in your post. Although your medical records are about you, they are not considered your personal property. They are considered to be the property of the medical clinic in which there are housed (at least here) and as such must remain there. I have read my own medical records, and quite frankly they're rather repetitive and not all that interesting. Here in Canada, you are not allowed to be alone with your medical records. This is so you cannot alter them in any way. However, you have an absolute legal right, to see what is contained in those records. I have done this by submitting a request in writing and subsequently heading down to the basement to sit with a records clerk so she could supervise me well I read. I guess the old saying is true, "Nothing is ever free!"
• United States
12 Dec 08
yeah but i figured since the guy isnt going to be a doctor anymore it would be more easy for them to give them (or copies) to me now and be able to destroy them than to store them some where etc.. i dont know its just crazy!!
@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Sounds like a last-ditch effort for him to make a little more money off you. Unfortunately, if you are going to be needing them later, you may not have a choice but to pay for them, unless you can get another doctor to request them for you. This may be a way for you to get around paying for them.
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• United States
11 Dec 08
well since i dont have insurance i cant make an appt with another doc to where they would need them given but yeah i think im pretty screwed into paying for them and i have NO money for that right now grr!!
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I get around it, have them transferred to another doctor at that doctor's request! I think it's outrageous that they charge for records. I would demand my complete file, no copy, no pay!
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• United States
10 Dec 08
right now i have no insurance so i wouldnt know what doc to call up to have them ask for them.. and im sure they wouldnt see the point since its not for an upcoming appointment.. what sucks is i need them for my court date later on for my disability so im gonna end up paying for them because i dont know if they already have everything or not grr
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
10 Dec 08
sounds like wherever you go you have to pay for reports, it is not because your doctor is leaving, if you asked for them for whatever reason, they would tell you you had to pay, many places are like that, they do not do anything for free.
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• United States
10 Dec 08
ive had several other doctors retire and they gladly gave everyone theirs free because they didnt want to have to deal with people wanting them later after they had closed up..
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
9 Dec 08
They are your records...and you have already paid for them....I mean with as much as they charge at a clinic you truly should be the owner of them! I do think it's just another way to line their pockets.
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• United States
10 Dec 08
yeah no kidding.. i mean its bad enough when i had to pay for them when the docs are still around but if the doc is leaving and i will lose them then i think they should be like my other docs and give them to me for free
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
9 Dec 08
I've never heard of having to pay for them but I do know that when Hubby was going through his disability we had to fight tooth and nail to get his medical records to give to another doctor and then they refused to give them to us, insisting that they had to be sent straight to the new doctor. It's like you have no right to even see your own medical file much less have them give it to you. [b]MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
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• United States
9 Dec 08
that always makes me wonder what is said in them!! i had one doc i got my records from and he put that he thought i didnt have one of my health conditions when i do and he didnt even really test me.. just wrote down that he didnt think i had it and then i find this out AFTER it was sent to disability people GRR!!