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 1:44 pm
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.
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.
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I needed to get copies of all my past medical records back when I was applying for SSDI. What I did to keep the cost down was go through records and request specific documents. That might be helpful for you, if your new doc needs some info but you don't want to pay for the entire file. You can just select what you feel is most necessary and pay for copies of that.
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I'm going to wait and see if there is anything this new doctor needs and just get that on a as needed basis. It's like hubby says some of these pages have little more than your name on them. Why pay for that?
Not always the case, but in many instances if the doctor requests the records there is not a charge. it's generally seen as a professional courtesy one physician provides to another.
Anyhow, if the physician's office was not the original requester, maybe have them give it a shot.
With regard to "for profit" health care. Please keep in mind that health care is a business, and like any other business it will fail without the necessary compensation.
Sadly, one of the biggest reasons health care is so expensive is a result of those paying for those who don't pay. In order to keep the doors open, the cost has got to be placed upon those who are paying...
While I disagree with you about health care being a business, I do agree with the reason of at least part of the expense (at least over here) being because not everyone is paying into the system.
This is my job taking paper-charts and converting to e-charts for hospital based medical practices. They just changed vendors and the old system is not compatible with the new systems so we have two systems in place. If I want data that is over 2 years old I have to exit the new system, enter the old system, retrieve the info and either type it into the chart or print and rescan into the new system.
So until we have one e-record mandated by law, many medical practioners can not accept e-record transfers unless it is the same vendor and same year. So everything coming into our office even if it was generated electronically at another office still has to be scanned into the record. That said luckily we are a large multi-speciality hospital and soon (the next two years) all the subspecialists will be on board with one patient chart.
Medicine is a business, that has only become more cumbersome over the years and truly with electronic medical records it has become even more so. You have IT technicians, EMR record clerks, scanners, cost of computers for each staff member in an office. Then their is the purchase and upgrades needed for each EMR systems. They are horrifically expensive and that cost drives up the cost of care. It is these costs and the increasing overhead, salary increases and expectations, soaring malpractice costs that have made most physicians in our area of NY no longer independent but employees of hospital based groups.
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on 4/26/12 6:00 am
Keep a copy for yourself, as you may need it one day. Then from time to time, ask for a copy of what your new doctor has added.
You never know when you may need a copy of your medical records.
Sadly, everything has become so expensive that someone has to pay. Where will the line finally be drawn? It is crazy!
I moved several years ago and I did pay a small fee to get copies (8 years worth) of my records. If I recall the total fee was $35 which I gladly paid. I kept a copy for my records and provided a copy to my new PCP.
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