Asking for a copy of your file

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   Posted 12/10/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I've got an appointment for a second opinion with a gastro specialist in January (YAY!). I'm anxious to see what he can do to help me get better again. My current gastro has given up on me, even once saying "what do you want me to do about it?" *sigh*

Anyway! I have to call my current gastro to ask for a copy of my file. Does anyone have any experience with that? My GP recommended I call 2 weeks before and ask for a copy to be sent to my home. Do I tell him (or his secretary) that I'm going for an other opinion or just simply ask for my file?

Thanks for your input!


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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I would tell them that you are going for a consult with another dr., the office will probably be more efficient about getting them to you. I would call now, I don't know if they have a deadline or not, but they sometimes take their sweet time.
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I was moving so I had mine sent to my house because I wasn't sure who my new doctor would be. It took my doctors office about 3 months but they didn't charge me. It was ridiculous, I had a tiny file. AND the doc had said I didn't have crohns of colitis or even think it was a posibility then when I looked at my file he had wrote in one of my first visits "if no improvement check for crohns." I guess he forgot about that day. *sigh*
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
The office is obligated to give you a copy of your health records if you request it, for any reason. They might charge you a fee for copies or to fax it to your new doctor. You don't have to tell them you're getting a second opinion, but keep in mind that they deal with that all the time and it's a normal part of medical practice- they shouldn't get offended. And if they do, well, it's a good thing you're leaving. Definitely tell them your deadline, too, that might help. Good luck with the new GI!

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   Posted 12/11/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I get copies of all my records routinely. I need to update them now, haven't done it recently. I would tell them to send a copy to the doctor you're seeing (shouldn't be a charge for that) but it's also a good idea to always have your own copies (which they may charge for).
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   Posted 12/11/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -7) are allowed to ask for copies of your file at any time,but an office is allowed to charge a fee for them. I would tell them to send the copies over to the new doctor sometimes an office feels more comfortable that way in case the patient misplaces them... tell them when you have the appointement and since it is a couple of weeks away thats give them time enough to send them. I've worked as a medical receptionist before and did this all the time. I just needed a release from the patient to send the records over. You are entitled to a second opinion. I had one and the first doctor was one of my bosses....good luck...
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