WRONG. Medical records, procedure results, imaging films, etc. BY LAW belong to the GENERATING FACILITY. Patients in the USA have a LEGAL RIGHT to COPIES of those medical records.
Giggle. You're right about
the nurses not liking it when you read your chart!!! I've had my chart ripped out of my hands by a nurse, I've had a nurse almost have a heart attack when she caught me sitting on my bed reading my chart! Giggle. Reminds me of back in the 60s and 70s when heaven forbid the patient should peek and SEE what their BP, PR and temp were as the nurse was writing it down!!!
My last stay in hospital we got into a bit of a discussion about
my access to and reading my chart and I had to call for the Patient Advocate ...... the final decision was I could read my chart WITH A NURSE SITTING AT MY SHOULDER to explain things. Say what? My chart, as several times before, ended up being kept at the nurse's desk. Too bad it was the day before my discharge, on a weekend, I would have LOVED to pursue the issue further. Of course, I tend to think the dispute just might have sped up my discharge a bit .... difficult patient and all, you know.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.