Is recoding your medical appointments legal?
Hello to everyone on the boards,
I am 26 years old female experiencing a series of symptoms for over 15 years. I've had several bad medical experiences that I want to try to avoid in the future. I'm quite by myself in this and have to find ways to protect myself, without any support.
I was wondering, if by means of protecting yourself as patient and avoid future misunderstanding in the health care system, is it legal to ask a physician if he can recorded during my appointments. I would only want to record audio, as I do not wish to intimidate or make people feel like I'm on a mission to expose something bad, which is really not my intent. I have no intent of taking a physician to court or find the needle in the hay stack just to cash on some dollars. I've been going through a lot with health care system and i feel i have no credibility to them because i'm not the expert. I look back at some things i had to go through and wish to myself that I had some type of proof that to protect myself. In my experience, my say has no value, so this is why I think I should up it a notch and make sure that someone can't say to me that i'm lyiing or making stuff up or anything like. Anyhow, the whole ordeal is a very long story, but bottom line is, just like a doctor has a system to protect him and procedures he has to follow in order to cya (cover-your-***), i don't see why i couldn't be in my rights to do the same for myself, just in case.
The other side to the story is to actually getting the physician to consent to being recorded, which I realize is going to be difficult and a challenge in itself, but for now, I just want to know about the legal implications and find out if it's even feasible.
I appreciate anyone's input who would know anything about this or know where I could find out.