Welcome to the forum. Glad you decided to post with us, although sorry you need to.
Yes, doctors can have a policy of not giving you your records if there's an outstanding balance, but I'm not sure if this would stand up to strong legal tests. Maybe someone here can weigh in legally.
I don't know how much the balance is for, but you might try making a payment plan, and if you're current on that they may release them to you. Also, they may be more apt to release them to another doctor, although that doctor usually will not give you a copy of another doctor's records.
One thing you could do is try calling your insurance company. Doctors have contracts with insurance companies, and there may be stipulations in those contracts which could provide leverage for you.
Hope this helps some, and that others will also add input.
Another thing - if this is their policy you should have been notified when you first started seeing the doctor. Yes, it may be in all the fine print that drives us all nuts, but you might politely (I'm suggesting polite only because getting angry will probably cause you more difficulties) ask them how you were informed of this policy. If they can't show you in writing, then I would definitely complain to the insurance company. Plus it makes any legal ground much weaker.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 7/12/2008 12:28:52 AM (GMT-6)