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   Posted 1/16/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently stopped into med central hospital in my home town where I have my ct and small bowel done. I had to get a copy of the films to take to my Cleveland Clinic Visit at the end of this month. they were given to me with no issues but I was old to bring them back. I did not say anything there but arn't these mine? Shouldn't I be able to keep these?
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's.
Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow
through, diagnosed with Crohn's (23 years old 165lbs). On HUMIRA, Prednisone


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   Posted 1/16/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

No, the, films like your medical record are property of the hospital. You usually can get copies of what you want by going to Medical records, filling out the forms and requesting what you want. I know it seems like a silly step but that is how most hosptials operate.

In this  case you are taking your hospital films to another medical person to use and then return to your hospital.  This keeps you from having to repeat any xrays.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Technically, the information on them is yours, but the media holding that information is theirs. Stupid technicality, but it is true of any records you have with a doc. Even the paper notes. You can offer to buy them, but they do not have to give them to you. However, if you demand that you receive a copy of all labs, etc, those copies would be yours. They can charge you for giving you a copy if they wish. Then you are paying for the media and copying costs.
It doesn't really make sense as I thought the fee I (or my insurance) paid the doctor included the test results and notes. According to the providers, the fee they receive only covers the actual care, not the administration of it. hmmm I won't go into my rant about how medical providers find loopholes to make more money.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to work in xray and when we made copies for patients we usually let them keep the copies, free of charge. The only thing that we needed back were the original films. Now we have started putting the films on cd's but the patients are also allowed to keep those. Perhaps they may have given you the original films instead of making you copies. If you would like copies of your films you should just have to ask.

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   Posted 1/16/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually your medical center will make a copy for you to take to your specialist, but I guess in this instance they didn't. Did they have you "check them out"? When I retrieved my CT scan to take to the Cleveland Clinic they essentially had me "check them out", i.e. name of Dr. I was taking them to, location, contact info, etc.
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
Self-proclaimed "recluse"  do to CD  ;)

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