How to Gain Access to Your Medical RecordsThere are many reasons why you may want to get access to your own medical records or even someone else’s, and not just for health reasons. You may be involved in a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit where your health care records or those of another person involved will be an essential part of your case.
The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides patients with the right to procure a copy of their medical records from any health care provider, with some exceptions, within 30 days of your request. You are entitled to receive copies of:
- Your own medical records.
- Another person’s records if you are their legal guardian.
- Your children’s medical records, unless the child has agreed to medical care for which parental consent is not required under state law, the medical care for the child has been directed by a court, or a parent agrees that a minor child and a health care provider have a confidential relationship.
- Another person’s records if you are a designated representative, and provide proof in writing from the person that you have their permission to access their records or are the personal representative of an estate as designated in a will or appointed by a court.
- A deceased person’s records if you are related to them and the information may relate to your own health care.
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