July 2019
Medical Records
Physician, Nurse, Other Professionals, Patient, Relative, Visitor, Caregiver

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  • You have the right to see and get copies of your medical record.
  • If you have a power of attorney, they have the right to get your records for you.
  • You also have the right to your child’s medical record if they are under 18 years of age.
  • If you are the executer of an estate, you have the right to their medical record.

How do I get a copy of my medical record?

  • Most providers have a form that you must fill out to get your records.
  • Usually, you will get your records within 30 days, but there are some cases where it may take longer. If your record is stored somewhere other than the hospital, it may take more time to find it and mail it to you.
  • Your provider may charge a fee for copying your records.
  • It is less expensive if you request that your records be provided on a CD or flashdrive.

How long do medical providers keep my medical records?

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Can I change information in my medical record?
  • It's important to make sure that everything in your medical record is correct, because your treatment plan may be based on your medical history.
  • If you believe information in your medical record is incorrect, tell your healthcare provider right away. It's best to request any changes in writing.

  • You can't remove information from your medical records, but you can ask your provider to make changes or add important information. Your provider can refuse to make those changes, if they think the record is correct.


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