Patients’ rights

A common problem I have seen again and again in the medical world is people being denied access to their medical record. My beloved is currently experiencing this problem over at Beth Israel Hospital, who are holding a copy of her ultrasound, which she needs in order to seek a consultation with another surgeon, who is affiliated with a different hospital.

Let’s be clear here about patients’ rights and medical records. People have a right to their medical records, period. They can make you wait, they can charge you a fee, but ultimately it is your right to have them. There are some good reasons why agencies delay the process (people don’t always know the full ramifications of their records being released, people don’t always know what they want released, once records are released they can be misused, etc) but the bottom line is clear: It is our right as patients to have them in a timely fashion. And it is appalling that the are many people who work in medical facilities who are not aware of this basic right.

In the above link, Dr. Marie Savard encourages everyone to get copies of their records, in order to make sure it is correct and to help you take charge of your own health. It’s good advice.

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~ by realsupergirl on August 13, 2008.

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