Keep in mind that in the USA your medical records belong to the "generating" facility or doctor, i.e. if your scopes are done at a hospital outpatient endo department you would get the reports and films (?) from that hospital. The same holds true for any test, procedure, blood draw, etc. The records belong to the generating facility.
In the case of "independent labs" the records belong to the script
ing doctor (one of the two reasons I REFUSE to use Quest Labs and always have my blood draws done at our local hospital's outpatient lab - the other being Quest REFUSES to release the results to my family doctor unless he is the one ordering the draw - or to me).
AND HIPAA allows the medical facility or doctor to charge a "reasonable fee". In one case, one of the local hospitals once charged me a $10 access fee plus a $1 a page copying fee for a ONE page result. Obviously I REFUSE to go to that hospital for ANYTHING.
The local hospital I use does charge me for "older" records. I don't remember the period of time but once the records reach a certain age (maybe 4-5 years) they are kept at some "outside" record keeping facililty rather than the hospital's computer system and when these "older" records are requested they take longer to get and I do get charged for them but the fee is very reasonable.
What are you referring to when you say "films" from your colonoscopies and endoscopies? If you are referring to the "still pictures" taken at specific sites of "interest" during a scope my gastro offers me a copy before I am released after my scope. If videos are made of your entire scope you have a VERY PROGRESSIVE endoscopy unit and I envy you!!! Very few facilities (at least in our area) have the extra equipment to do so. *sigh*
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.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 5/6/2008 6:21:48 AM (GMT-6)