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Why are medical records important?

Medical records are important to you for many reasons. Medical records can be used to:

  • Support reimbursement for health services provided
  • Provide evidence of injury and treatment for workers’ compensation
  • Provide evidence of disability for disability insurance
  • Identify people who have had a specific treatment when it has been discovered that this treatment caused some adverse events
  • Study disease trends to identify potential environmental or genetic causes
  • Track changes in your physical findings such as growth of a mole. Baselines are recorded so changes are recognized.

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