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how can i get my medical records?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Usually easy: Usually your provider will provide copies based on whatever the state regs allow them to charge, some will give them to you free and some provide a personal health record that allows you to download a copy.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Should I get copies of all my medical records at every medical appointment?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Why???: The various states require physicians to keep their medical records for a period of years from your last point of contact and be ready to retrieve and transfer the information as needed.If a subsequent treating physician needs any information, it will be available.Hand carried records are often lost & seldom needed if you are able to give a detailed history.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Say, i need to know how do you get your medical records?

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Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 9 years experience
Written request: You might be able to call the office and identify your self, but you will most likely have to go to pick them up. Signing a release is normal and charging a fee is normal by your provider.
CA
A 35-year-old female asked:

Can you view and get a copy of all your medical records to keep for yourself ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: You can get a copy of all of your medical records at your doctor's office. You may have to pay a fee for the photocopying and administration time. If you want copies of x-rays, cts, and mris, you need to go to the radiology center and request either print outs or a cd with them. Again, there will be a charge for that. Medical records are kept for several years only - each state is different.
TX
A female asked:

If a patient requests medical records from the office, does the doctor get notified?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, No, and Maybe: Different doctors' offices handle medical records requests differently. In a small office, the doctor usually knows about records requests. In a large institution or large medical group, the doctor's may not know about records requests. Be happy to pay $20-$40 for records requests, especially with a smaller practice where the doctor may be personally reviewing each request.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can i get in the military with with a suicidal ideation on my medical record?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Doubtful - but that: Doesn't mean a 100% no go. Was it part of a brief issue that completely resolved? Just suicidal ideation or more? "history of suicidal behavior, including gesture(s) or attempt (s) (300.9) , or history of self-mutilation, is disqualifying." per standards. Regardless, you will need a current comprehensive psychiatric evaluation with clean bill of health to even be considered for a waiver.

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