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#1 memeto2

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:02 AM

hi everyone,well I changed my reum.doctor last week so I won't be going to him anymore thank goodness,he was so mean.well when I faxed him to release my medical records he called me on the phone at work as soon as he got the fax,and said he was not releasing my records to my new dr. because I owed him a bill of 50$so I hung up on him,crying like I always do when I deal with that man.so anyway I had an appointment with my new dr.wednesday and he asked why he didn't get my records and I told him why.he was furious and said for me to call the va,board of medicine and tell them and that it doesn't matter if I owe a bill or not he cannot keep my records.so I called them this morning and they said he cannot do that and to fax him a request AGAIN and if he denies they gave me a number to call to file a complaint..so I feel pretty good about sticking up for myself and wanted to share this with all you in case it were to happen....have a good day memeto2

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:42 AM

Melissa, I can't believe your former Dr. would not release your records. That's crazy! I'm glad that you stood up for yourself and are getting the matter settled. Go girl! Best, Claudia

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 04:04 AM

I have heard that before, I'm glad you had called that place to get some help on getting your records. I can't believe that doctor would not send records to the new doctor. Like the doctor saud he can't do that. Well good luck and let us know what happens.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 10:36 AM

Wow that is incredible. Sounds to me like he's in the business for the wrong reason. Glad you swtiched providers.

Hang in there,

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 06:14 PM

Mellisa,
I would call my insurance and make a claim against that Dr. He is not abiding by the rules and you have already paid him some money so maybe your ins. can deal with this instead of you being frustrated by him!

i am so sorry to hear of your frustration.
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:52 AM

Hi Melissa,
Even thoough I'm late coming in here....I'm so glad you got the support you did.
Some doctors are something else. When they try the intimidation technique, they used to really infuriate me. Now days, I try to conserve my energy for the positive people/things in my life... otherwise, I get so played out and it effects me for days :(

You did well! Hugs, Susie
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:19 AM

Oh, I cannot resist this one, as the former lawyer (no longer able to work) but I still know my stuff, you, yes YOU are the OWNER of YOUR MEDICAL FILE. The only thing that a doctor is legally allowed to charge you for is if you want a real copy of an xray film and not just the reading, but usually, the doctors just give those to you anyway, he is a real winner sounds like, I would march in there and DEMAND MY FILE. Tell them they can make a copy if they want to keep one there, but you will wait and for them to do it NOW, you have waited long enough, and then report the doctor everywhere you can, medical board, better business bureau, consumer affairs, all of those can be done on the internet so you don't have to drive all over the place filing complaints.

Wishing you all the best, get your file and dont take no for an answer, then send him a bill for your time, and your mileage driving there more than once to get the file that belongs to YOU. Okay, I am off my soapbox, good luck and good health. Better doctors are out there. Lori

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:36 AM

Perhaps the law varies from state to state, but in California at least you do NOT own your medical file according to this source:

Disability: Patient Rights

Who owns medical records? Do the records belong to me? No, they do not belong to the patient. Medical records are the property of the medical provider (or facility) that prepares them. The patient has a right to view the originals, and to obtain copies under Health and Safety Code sections 123100 - 123149.5. California Medical Board.

You are entitled to see them or get copies following the appropriate protocols.

#9 Sheryl

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:08 PM

We might be allowed some of the records in our files, but I don't think we could just walk out of a doctor's office with them. The doctor has too many of his personal notes written in our files that belong to him ( so to speak). If you ask for copies of your records they only give you the bare bones.
I have been thinking of switching my general practitioner because I now live almost 2 hours from him. Also, he is geting lax in his old age. He went against 2 doctor's that said I had Sclero. He said, Sheryl they are wrong. You don't have Sclero. No, I won't recomend a rheumatologist for you. So, I went above his head and pay out of pocket. But, I would like to get my records in there entireity. Other than walking out of the office with them if that were even possible I don't think my New doctor would get the past 30 years of my records. I haven't picked a new general practitioner yet. But, I haven't gone back to him either. I have only been going to my rheumatologist. There is always something that will cause us stress. Sheryl
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:28 PM

Today I requested my Psychiatric records and the answer was that fill out form and I can fax the records to new doctor. Can I have a copy of my records and the answer was that ask your attorney to my attorney.

Am I entitiled to a copy of my records?

Kamlesh
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#11 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 02:09 AM

Hi Kamlesh,

Please keep in mind that I have no legal training at all, and verify everything I say with a reliable legal source.

The article that is listed on our site at:
Disability: Patient Rights is in regard to California patient rights. So it looks to me like you are legally entitled to a copy of your medical records.

However, you must request them in writing. Please read that link and follow the procedures they recommend.

Some providers can give interesting responses when they are just asked...so the key appears to be presenting the request in writing.

It should absolutely not be necessary to have your attorney call their attorney, unless you have threatened legal action against them; and even then, it looks to me like the law is on your side and you can contact the California Medical Board if necessary.
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 02:18 PM

I am in Indiana and had no problem getting a copy of my Rheums records. I can't remember if I was charged. It was over a year ago. I called the patient account office and asked what I needed to do to obtain a copy of my records. I told her I was getting a second opinion and wanted as far back with as many test results as I could get. I told her I would pick them up and asked when would they have them ready.

I was asked to come in and sign a form. It would take about a week to make copies. When I got the records I read everything and made copies of everything in my file. I discovered how illegible my rheumatologist's handwritten office visits were. It made me more determined than ever to switch to my new rheumatologist who has typewritten reports of each visit.

Everyone should obtain a copy of their rheumatologist's records to see what is in your file. I was given a diagnosis for myositis, RA and deep depression that I was not aware I had.

Glad you switched doctors.

Sarah

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 09:56 AM

I have worked in a medical office for 22 years. You doctors HAS to release your records regardless. Have your new doctors request your records. You will still have to sign a release from his office. Your old doctor is probably just angry that you are going somewhere else. I have worked for a few with that kind of attitude If he won't cooperate with you, call the board of medicine in your state and report him.
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#14 memeto2

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 01:50 PM

hi marie,you just dont know this doctor he is one in a million,very very nasty and doesn't care less!!i did call the virginia board of medicine and they told me that he had to release them,and to fax him again,and if he doesn't file a complaint on him.well I havnt done that yet,i just hate to get all stressed out over this.and I know he will be a complete jerk.and when I get cornered I freeze...but hopefully I will find the courage to fight back..thanks memeto2(melissa)