The state of Florida allows anyone to obtain copies of their medical records. Although patients are not entitled to receive originals, patients and their parents/guardians can obtain copies of medical records upon request.
Third parties (aside from a minor’s parents or guardian) must obtain written permission from the patient to receive copies of the patient’s medical records.
Many hospitals and health care provides charge a fee to issue copies, but they are not permitted to charge fees for patients who only wish to search for and view their medical records. They are also required by law to allow a patient access to their records.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives patients the right to fully inspect and look through their medical and billing records. These records are covered by the HIPAA Privacy Rule and are typically stored with the patient’s health care provider.
If for any reason the patient believes that certain information within their records is incorrect, they have the option to request a change or amendment. At this point, a response by the patient’s health care provider is required and any false information must be corrected.
However, if the health care provider believes everything is correct within the file, patients must submit a written statement to the health care provider detailing the information in need of correction.
Getting Your Health Care Records
Before releasing health care records, a health care provider may ask a patient to submit a request form. The records can be delivered via regular mail, email, or fax. Patients may also be required to pick up records directly from their doctor’s office.
Certain health care providers without forms require patients to provide the following information:
- First and last name
- Social Security number
- Date and place of birth
- Email address
- Which records you are requesting
- The length of time you have been under your current doctor’s care
- Delivery choice (pick up, fax, email, etc.)
Once you have provided all requested information and forms, you should receive your medical records within a few days to a few weeks. Although the timeframe varies by doctor’s office or medical provider, most patients receive their records anywhere between 10 and 60 days.
Speak With a Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Unfortunately, correcting and/or obtaining personal medical records can sometimes be more difficult than expected.
In some cases, patients encounter difficulty in obtaining records from doctors who are no longer practicing, or in situations where they received care from a provider they can’t recall.
If you need help obtaining your medical records due to an accident or personal injury, our lawyers can help. Call Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton today to discuss your case.