How To Get Copies Of Your Medical Records
Various state and federal laws allow patients to have direct access to their medical record information, either by reviewing the record, obtaining copies, or receiving a summary of their care. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of your medical records, you will need to contact the doctor’s office, clinic or hospital where you were treated. 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 physician, hospital or other medical facility for continuity of care. For all other requests there will likely be a fee to make photocopies of your medical record. For specific information about how to access your health information or to obtain a copy of your medical records, please contact your provider or clinician.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives individuals the right to see and get copies of their health information. Learn more about your rights under HIPAA to access your health information.