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Posted by Dana on November 07, 2000 at 16:20:09:

In Reply to: Medical records posted by Liz R on November 07, 2000 at 09:55:40:

In every US state, so far as I know, medical records are actually the property of the patient. The medical office has no right to withhold this information from you. You should be able to fill out a written request form, or send your own letter, at your doctor's office, school office for school medical records, any other place with medical records, and they would be required to provide you with copies. I have done this several times and I have never had a problem.

The only exception that I am aware of would be for mental health or similar records, where the practitioner would not want to release the records directly to the patient, or patient's parents, because the records might contain information which the patient should not view by him/her self, it might contribute to the patient's mental difficulties, or otherwise cause harm to the patient's well-being and continuing treatment plan. In these cases, the patient must find another medical professional, psychiatrist, psychologist, other doctor or therapist, etc, to be the one to receive the actual records. Then this person would be responsible for discussing the contents of the records with the patient. However, the records are still required to be released to the appropriate professional as selected by the patient.

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