To get started, ask for a copy of your most recent blood work, diagnostic test or office visit note at your next doctor’s appointment. (You might have to fill out some paperwork or be charged a copying fee to get them.) Repeat the process with other doctors or specialists you have seen in the past 5 years.
But don’t stop with just doctors’ offices. Collect your records from your dentist, pharmacy, hospital, lab, and any other facilities you might have visited. You have a right to see your medical record relating to examination and treatment. However, in certain circumstances, physicians have the right to deny access to certain personal notes and observations. But if you feel strongly that you want to see them, we encourage you to speak with the physician, explain why you are collecting your records, and you may just get them.
Get organized about your medical records. You probably save other things (receipts, tax returns, bills, etc.), so why not the most important information about you?