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Request Medical Records

Request Medical Records

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, you have the right to access your personal health records. Whether you’re switching doctors or just wanting to make plans with family members in case of an emergency, you should strongly consider taking advantage of your right to request your medical records.

How can you solve the problem on your own?

You Might Want Your Medical Records For Many Reasons

You may wish to request your medical records from your provider for various reasons.

  1. If your doctor is retiring, then you need to transfer your records ASAP.

  2. If you wish to switch to a new doctor, you also need to transfer your records.

  3. Avoid duplicate procedures: sometimes you need a copy of your records available at all times to make sure you don’t get unnecessary or even harmful duplicate procedures.

  4. Have an electronic copy of your records: you never know when you’ll need your health information at your fingertips, so requesting a copy to have on hand can save you trouble in a pinch.

  5. Update your personal health records: your personal health record is a way that you can have personal health information on hand not only for any doctors who treat you, but also for relatives, people with power of attorney, or anyone else who may need to make quick health decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.

Requesting Your Medical Records Is Not Always Easy

However, you have to ask a given health care provider (hospital, doctor’s office, etc.) to give you your records, and the process can be a bit intimidating. Hospitals and doctor’s offices alike are known for slow, bureaucratic behavior, and it’s not always clear whom to ask for your medical records.

... But remember, Your Records Are Yours—It’s the Law

Even though it can take work to get access to your records, it’s your right under the law to receive them, so you should not be deterred. In fact, having your medical records available to you will make you a more informed and empowered patient, and it could help you improve your health care and remain in control.

How Can DoNotPay Help?

DoNotPay has seen these requests before and knows how to write your health care provider a simple, clear, and effective letter that will get your legally-guaranteed health records for you in no time.

It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

  1. Look up medical records on DoNotPay’s website.

  1. Enter the Request Medical Records product.

3. Answer a few questions about your provider and where you’d like to send the records.

And that’s it! DoNotPay will send your request for medical records to your health care provider within a few days, and you should have your records received within a few weeks!