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Julie W
Can a doctor's office charge you to get a copy of your records?
                     




Answer King
No, it would be unethical and, depending on state law, possibly illegal. However, you can be charged for the cost of making copies.


WallyRod
You have the right to access your records by federal law (see HIPPAA). You DO NOT have a right to free copies of a document, however! They can charge you, but it's kind of a screwed up thing for them to do.


sanctified151
Absolutely not, you have legal rights to your records. They should be given to you with ease.


summerdaze
no


(:♥TayLee♥:)
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yes, nowadays they charge for filling out forms for workmans comp.. etc, anything to make a dollar.


Melissa B
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Yes they can....it should be the most at 25. They can also charge for forms.
If u r switching docs, that doc can request ur records and get them for free. But if u want the records from that new doc ur still stuck paying for the coping fee.

What a lot pf ppl do not understand...that workers have to make time for coping those thick charts. Certain ppl are hired and they do it on certain days and or certain times. When u request ur medical records make sure u get the low down on it..like what is their policy on coping records. In one of my ofcs it was 7 business days and a previous it was determine when u requested ur records..if u turn it in after tues they were copied on a thursday and u were allowed to pick them up that next thurs. Turn it in after thurs copied on tues but and be picked up the following tues.
U can have ur records mailed to u without extra charge. The docs medical reord copy fees covers all that and should be at no extra charge.
Also remember the thicker the file they can add more.....our policy for one ofc was 15 to copy and if u had 2 or more charts it was 5 a piece. They can also charge u for copies of x-rays.
Remember ur paying for their time...away from other issues and paying for reams of paper and toner to copy their records....we do not get paid extra for that..


Garfield
Here in Canada they can indeed charge you for copies of your records. I had the nasty experience of having a doctor leave my family in the lurch. She didn't tell anyone, just left. Our records ended up at some sort of record holding place that went out of business. We now have now records from that time. I was told since then that if I had known the doctor was leaving I could have gotten our records at a cost of $30 Canadian per patient.


spirus40
While some doctor's offices do not charge they do have the right to in most states. South Carolina actually has a statute which specifies how much can be charged. You might want to check the statutes for you state to see if it is allowed and if so how much the charge can be.


maria r
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WELL I HAVE KAISER AND TEHY DO CHARGE ME FOR MY MEDICAL RECORDS SO I M NOT SURE WHAT DOCTOR U GO TO BUT KAISER SAYS ITS A FEE FOR THEM TO PULL THE RECORDS AND A FEE FRO PAPER AND INK FOR THE COPIES


Kher
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I do believe that they must transfer the information to other doctors at no charge, but if you want a copy for yourself, that yes, they do tend to charge you since it's not imperative you have copies as it would be for another doctor treating you.


sgrjackson1
My OB/GYN office charges for any records that are over five pages long, but it's not much.


sweetdawn710
I was at a Doctors office the other day....they had a sign iin their window that read: " We are now charging 35.00 for copies of medical records over 5 pages long" I almost fell off my chair!


baby_genius2005
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They can charge you for your medical records because I have had to pay for mine. I guess it is a goo investment but I think it should be free.


Rabbit
Sure, why not? Someone has to drop what they are doing, fetch your file, let the doctor check what goes and doesn't go (this is where he puts the white-out over things like "nice rump" or "obnoxious voice"), then they have to stand over the copier for a few minutes making your copy, while using the doctor's paper, toner, and adding wear & tear on his machine.

Now, should he charge a lot, no, you've been paying him for a while already.


tiffanylsu
I have been charged $20 - 25. The best way to get it free is when your checking out be real friendly and ask the lady at the desk to make a copy because when they have to go and find your file, copy and save it for when you pick it up they get real grumpy - no one likes extra work :(


kja63
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Yes, they can. Most do not.

As a professional courtesy, your doctor will usually send your records to another physician free of charge.


michele36567
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i just got a record sent from one dr to another....they didn't charge me


aliajao
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yes, if they are greedy


Malika
My friend is a doctor and he said NO.


Mr nice guy 2U
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yes they can


gp03214
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yes they can, and they do. If you apply for insurance like life ins. and the company requests your records, they need to pay a fee for them.


daanzig
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Nope and if they try to say you will call the Attorney General of your State


roeskats
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Some will charge they say to cover the cost of copying and mail or fax if necessary. They shouldn't and some don't, but there is always the exception to the rule.


mmalha2001
yes, those scum bags..


robyn4avon
yes they can, here where I stay they charge by page.so it depends how many pages are in your records, that how much you will pay.


from me to you
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yes-in most cases you have to pay so many cents per page. They have every right to. They belong to them.


Yandel
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Noooooooo never.


JENNI B
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yes they can! Unless it is done by another dr's office and it is done by professional courtesy.


Vince M
If you have health coverage, from bc/bs or cigna or some other provider, ask them if you should be charged. Most likely, they will say no, and most will be happy to call that office to let them know you should not be charged. I was in the same boat about a year ago when I was switching dental providers.


Hassen
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Yes they can. When I got copies of my records before moving to a different company I got charged. Not all offices will charge you, but nowadays, most will. I found the highest charges were from hospitals.


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