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Chapter 14. Being Patient > Access to Medical Records—by You and Others

Access to Medical Records—by You and Others

A most important part of the HIPAA regulations is your right to have access to your medical record and to have a copy made of your record for yourself. This is particularly important when you are applying for any kind of insurance, particularly long-term care insurance, for which your medical record is a critical factor in determining whether you will be granted insurance. Just as with your credit report, you have the right to ask your physician to correct any mistaken or misleading information that may be contained in your record.

You also have the right under HIPAA to refuse to have your medical record shared with anyone when the purpose for the information sharing is not related to your treatment, billing or administrative purposes, such as where your physician wishes to use your information for research purposes. In furtherance of your other rights, you have the right to learn who has received your medical information in order to confirm that any information sharing was appropriate.


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