Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What can health care providers charge me to get copies of my medical records?

Today’s Elder Care Matters Q&A discusses what health care providers can charge you for copies of your medical records

Question: Are there limits to how much I can be charged by health care providers to get copies of my medical records?

Answer: In Virginia when a patient requests a copy of his or her own records, a “reasonable cost-based fee, which shall include only the cost of supplies for and labor of copying the requested information, and postage” shall be charged. Code of Virginia § 32.1-127.1:03 subsection J.

If your Attorney or others request your medical records, costs for copying and mailing are limited to 50¢ per page for each page up to 50 pages and 25¢ per page for the remainder, plus all postage and shipping costs and a search and handling fee not to exceed $10. Copies shall be provided within 15 days of such request. Code of Virginia § 8.01-413.

Today’s Answer was provided by Sheri R. Abrams, Esq., in Oakton, Virginia.  Attorney Abrams is a Partner Member in the National ElderCare Matters Alliance.

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What can health care providers charge me to get copies of my medical records?

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