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Al BS: Medical Record Information (24) RE: BS: Medical Record Information 07 Jul 05

Speaking from the point of view of a health care provider in the U.S., I can't imagine why a doctor would give up the original records. What if the patient decided to sue the doctor? The only defense the doctor has is the patient record. Copies are always provided in my office free of charge, whether to the patient or another doctor. Others' policies may vary. HIPAA controls federal policy, and each state also has its own policy. Violations may be reported to the respective agency. Michelle, your doctor's policy seems designed to piss people off. Can't blame you for your reaction. I suggest you pay the fee, get your records, and change doctors. Then let it go and don't let it spoil any more of your precious days. Play tunes and sing songs instead.

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