Contemplating Medical Malpractice? Be prepared - ask for your records.
Many people are intimidated by their health care provider. You might be dealing with a doctor who doesn't seem too friendly, or is taking care of many other patients, or you might be hesitant to ask questions because you don't want to impede their work or be the patient who "wants too much" or is "too hard to care for".
Push those feelings aside; it's your health and you have a right to know.
Especially if you think you have a claim - you can click here to see if you do, get organized and request your health record.
Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPPA) Privacy Rule, health care providers have the obligation to give you your medical records if you ask for them.
With few exceptions, you have the right to inpect, review and receive a copy of the entire health record that the provider holds for you. Only if the health care provider believes you are going to harm yourself if you have access to your records can they deny giving you any part of your health record.
Even if you owe money, they cannot deny you access to your records.
You may be afraid to ask for your records if you have unpaid medical bills - it is your health, and you are entitled to your history whether you are current on your bills or not. You are even entitled to your billing records, as it is a part of your medical record.
If you need to request the records of your loved one, you can do that, too.
You may need a direct authorization from the patient if you need to retreive their medical records. If you are the parent of a child under the age of 18, you can request your child's medical records.