When you switch doctors you’re going to have to get your previous medical records sent over to the new doctor’s office. You can also request your medical records from your hospital is the step in the right direction in being able to take care of your health. By having your medical records you can get a second opinion from another doctor if you’re unsure about what a different doctor is telling you.
You can write to the office administrator at the hospital where your records are or go there and figure out which forms you’ll need to fill out in order to get your medical records. They’ll also let you know if there is a fee to request copies of your medical records. There isn’t a fee if you’re going through another doctor to get the medical records. You’ll need your full name, birthday and all the dates you visited the hospital.
You’ll need a request-of-information form to fill out. This will have to be mailed or brought to the hospital by you. You can’t have someone else bring it since they will need your signature as proof of identity. No hospital will ever release your medical records via the phone or e-mail.
Once you’ve got everything in order go ahead and sign your forms that will authorize the hospital to release your medical records to you. To avoid delays, make sure you’ve followed all the hospital’s rules.
If there are any fees you will need to pay them before your medical records will be sent out. These fees do vary depending on the hospital. Make sure you ask more about information on what they charge because some could charge per page and additional fees when you’re requesting for copies of your x-rays film. Some hospitals don’t even charge. This is why it’s always best to ask when you talk to the office administration.