Release of medical records

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Dave, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Recently I sent a release form to my OD for my medical
    records because I was seeing another doctor to be sent to me.
    I found out from her receptionist that she was hesitating in
    releasing this information to me. Instead she calls me on the phone
    and asks in a round about way what doctor I was going to see
    and she would send the information to him. Does this behavier
    seem odd?

    Dave, Jun 21, 2004
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  2. Dave

    Mark A Guest

    If you want your current prescription, you are entitled to get a copy from
    your OD if the prescription has not expired (usually within one year of the
    exam date). If they refuse, you can contact the state licensing board for
    OD's (but a threat to do this will probably work).

    If you just want your historical records sent to a new OD or MD, then I
    don't know for sure, but that is how most medical doctors handle it (send it
    to the new physician instead of the patient).
    Mark A, Jun 21, 2004
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  3. Dave

    The Real Bev Guest

    Doctors and hospitals don't trust us not to lose our records -- if
    anybody loses them they want it done by a professional. (My kids'
    pediatrician lost their records all by himself without any requests at

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    The Real Bev, Jun 21, 2004
  4. Dave

    Mark A Guest

    Doctors and hospitals don't trust us not to lose our records -- if
    I am not sure that is the reason because they only send out copies of the
    records and not the originals when you switch doctors and request medical
    records be transferred.
    Mark A, Jun 21, 2004
  5. Simply tell them that you will report them to the US attorney, and they
    will be subject to fines and criminal sanctions if they don't give you
    your records IMMEDIATELY !!!

    The law is very clear on the subject -prior to last year, state law
    governed, and wasn't always as clear.
    Ted Rosenberg, Jun 21, 2004
  6. Medical records are the property of the patient, not the doctor. You are
    entitled to a copy of your records, if you want them. In most, cases, you
    have to sign for them. They do not have to be sent to another doctor's
    office, but in general, that is how it is typically handled.
    David Robins, MD, Jun 22, 2004
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