Refusal to release my medical records.
Just found out that they won't release my or my family's medical records without a hefty fee! I'm so steamed. We looked it up and apparently this extortion is legal.
We've never been charged before when it was going straight from doctor to doctor but this doc.'s office is charging 50c. a copy for the first 50 sheets and 25c every other sheet. Plus postage because they don't fax. In this day and age it should all be electronic but that's another story I guess.
I'm not bloody paying it. I think it's a disgrace and another reason I don't like for profit health care but again - another story.
on 4/25/12 6:44 am
Personally I would ask to know how many pages are in each file and be provided with the cost of the file beforehand to help with the decision-making.
on 4/25/12 6:48 am - Wiesbaden, Germany
It's cheaper to pay the fees than repeat medical tests and procedures.
Suggest you get the records and run a copy of them for the gaining PCP and retaining the other copy for yourself. Also, take the time to review them. I had to get a copy of my medical records from my original bariatric surgeon and pages from other patients were mixed in.
Lesson learned. Even though my new practice chooses not to do this and it's all electronic there anyway, I am going to get my own copies from now on of the important stuff for my own record.
I like the suggestions of getting a copy for yourself. And maybe you can look through your chart and weed out what doesn't need to be sent.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly." Richard Bach
"Support fosters your growth. If you are getting enough of the right support, you will experience a major transformation in yourself. You will discover a sense of empowerment and peace you have never before experienced. You will come to believe you can overcome your challenges and find some joy in this world." Katie Jay
on 4/25/12 10:06 am - Wiesbaden, Germany
Yanno, one of my former medical providers used an electronic records system and was nice enough to give me a CD with my files when I moved on. I think the records were in pdf format.