Each medical provider who treats you maintains a file containing your medical history, including any illnesses and test results. You may find that you need a copy of these medical records. To obtain copies of these records, contact each medical provider individually.
Here are a few helpful tips:
• your medical provider will have you sign a form giving your consent to have copies made for yourself or for a designated party (other medical provider, relative, attorney, etc.).
• The information that you sign may vary from provider to provider. Read the request form carefully and ask the provider any questions you may have about exactly what information will be released. The form may state that additional permission is necessary for release of certain information related to HIV status or testing, mental health treatment or other conditions. If you have questions about whether information you find sensitive will be released, talk with your provider about that office’s policy and laws and regulations.
• You may be charged for the copies of your medical records. These charges are designed to cover the costs of photocopying and mailing the records and the labor involved to retrieve and process the records