Do we have a right to our labwork?

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+Lyme
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   Posted 7/26/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I paid for Labcorp CD57 out of my own pocket. Somewhere between Quest and Labcorp the Dr's instrux to mail a copy to me were lost and labcorp will not send to me.  Week before last, the Dr told me he hadn't received them. Last week, Labcorp told me they sent them to him 4 weeks ago.  Then they resent them.
 
My Quest shows babesia and 3 viruses. The results of the CD57 are very important to me. For at least 2 weeks I have been practically begging the Dr for these results and he will not return my calls or emails.
 
I don't know that I want to continue paying out of pocket to see this Dr.  Yet, if I don't, I will not receive these results.  And it is entirely possible that even if I do go to my appt later this week, he still won't have the results.
 
Don't I have a right to this labwork? (from Labcorop)  Is this legal?

 


Razzle
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   Posted 7/26/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
If you request a records release form from the appointment desk at the doctor's office, fill it out, then return it to them, they should fulfill your request. They will likely charge you a copying fee. You can also go to another doctor and have them request the test results from the doctor's office from where the tests were originally ordered. This second method does not usually cost you any fees.
-Razzle
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   Posted 7/26/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you SO much, Razzle!
 


Razzle
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   Posted 7/26/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think a lab is required legally to provide results directly to the patient, but I know you have a right to obtain lab results from your doctor.

Also, I forgot to add that the second method of obtaining your records may cost a fee in some cases. If the doctor who ran the test sends the results to another doctor, that part is free...but then if you request a copy of the results from the second doctor, you may have to pay the fee. I have found in many cases, however, that if I ask the doctor for a copy of the results at an appointment, then s/he will sometimes just go make me a copy without charging for it.

Good luck,
-Razzle
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/26/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
You have the right to a copy of your medical records, this includes any lab work, but you may have to pay a copying fee.
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+Lyme
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   Posted 7/26/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, both of you! I appreciate this!  Also, please do not misunderstand me -- I already know I can get copies of my labs from my Drs.  My problem here is that I want to get copies from Labcorp, since my LLMD is not communicating w/ me and when he did, he was stating that he did not receive this lab work.

 


CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Lyme,

The lab itself cannot give you your bloodwork. I think it has to do with some kind of privacy act BUT, you can definitely get your results from your doctor.

Why is the lab sending him the results instead of faxing it to him? I would call the lab and ask that they fax the results over to him and make sure they have the right fax number. Something similiar happened to me with my LLMD. The nurse kept telling me that they didn't get the results when the lab said that yes, they had sent it weeks ago. So I took it upon myself to get the fax number from my doctors office, give it to the lab and told them to send it right away if they could. I waited about 30 minutes, called the doctors office back and by golly....they had recieved it! LOL.

Sometimes, you have to do things yourself. It's sad, but true.
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