How To Find Medical Records
Knowing how to find medical records is very important. Medical records are a chart or history of past illness and/or doctor visits. If you ever need to change doctors or go the hospital they will probably request your medical records. They will usually request that you send your medical records straight to their office. Medical records are important because they will let your health care provider know if you have any preexisting conditions. Generally it's suggested that you request your medical records in writing. They also might charge a small reasonable fee.
- When requesting your medical records, the health care provider may request some information. Usually they want the information in a release form. This information usually includes: Your date of birth. Your full name. When you were seeing the doctor or health care provider, and how long you were seeing them. If you want any certain kind of information sent, you should specify what information you want sent.
- There are some cases in which you might get turned down from receiving your medical records. These reasons may be legal or for your own safety or the safety of others. If you're turned down because your medical provider has found you unfit to have them, you'll still get some of your medical records.
- You will probably not receive the records that you are deemed unfit to view. If you are still unsure about how to get your medical records, contact your doctor. Your doctor should be more than happy to lend a hand in helping you find your records. They might actually have the records on hand themselves.