Best Answer

In most of the cases the patient cant be refused medical records.

But you can refuse to provide the medical records to the patients if they are not mentally strong or not able to understand. But in such conditions you must provide the medical records to the guardian of the patient.

Some times when the patients wont pay the bills, the hospitals or the labs refuse to give the medical records.

Some corrections...

In America, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), patients are to be always allowed access to their entire and full medical record, with the exceptions as follows:

  • Psychotherapy notes, which can be withheld if it is deemed to be in the patient's best health interests.
  • If the patient is in a Correctional Facility.
  • Information pertinent to a legal case between holder of the PHI and the patient.
  • Health Information obtained as a result of research, during the course of said research (this would include the patient's agreement to participate).
  • Information obtained from someone else other than a healthcare provider where such release would endanger the patient or the person who provided the information.
  • When information included in the record was obtained under promise of confidentiality from someone else, and revealing the PHI would reveal the confidant's identity.
  • When release of the PHI would endanger the life of the patient or other person (subject to review).

Note that a couple of these are pretty bizarre and pertain only to very specialized circumstances. For instance, if you're in a law suit with your doctor, she doesn't have to reveal her defense notes to you. However, using this as a means of not revealing ANYTHING in your patient records would be illegal as well as ridiculous.

The argument that "the patient will not be able to understand the medical record" is not a valid reason for supression of PHI under HIPAA.

For the most part, and in most instances, the patient is entitled to a full review of their own medical records.

Also, failure to pay bills is not a valid reason, under HIPAA, to refuse release of PHI to the patient or to subsequent caregivers. Doing so may have a negative impact on the patient's healthcare picture, which in turn may lead to liabilities in addition to HIPAA violations.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2011-10-31 18:09:53
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2015-05-03 04:08:50

Not at all. You are to ask for medical records at the time of discharge. While both the government hospitals and private hospitals dilly dally in handing over the same, they are legally bound to hand you over. Otherwise you should seek legal recourse by approaching Insurance Ombudsman orConsumer Forum for remedy.

User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Can a patient be refused medical records?
Write your answer...
Related questions

Who maintains patient records?

The Medical Records Department prepares and maintains patient records.

Can the spouse of the patient see his or her medical records?

A spouse can look at the patient's medical records only with the express consent of the patient.

Who organizes and codes patient records?

A: Medical Records Technician

What does expired patient means in medical records?

It means patient died

Does the patient have the right their original medical records?

A patient has the right to his original medical records. The law that authorizes one to access medical records is stated in Health and Safety Code sections 123100 through 123149.5.

Medical records are owned by?

medical records are owned by a patient b. government c. hospital or physician d. medical licensure board medical records are owned by a patient b. government c. hospital or physician d. medical licensure board

Are electronic medical records available to the public?

No, electronic medical records are not available to the public. Anyone's medical records are completely confidential and restricted to the doctor and patient unless other permissions are given by the patient. Patient Portal is a product offered by CureMD with the EMR which is actually for the patients and doctors to check and maintain medical records from anywhere.

Is it legal in the state of California to keep a seniors medical reports from them?

Unless the patient has legally been ruled incompetent and has had a medical power of attorney or guardian appointed, then they cannot be refused access to their medical records based solely on their age.

Who owns a patient's medical records?

The doctor and the patient.

Who owns patients medical records?

Who owns the patient medical record

Why do medical records include notes of all telephone calls to and from a patient?

For a patient information

Who organizes and codes patient records and gather statistical data?

medical records technicians

What kind effect can a patient do by obtaining acces to his or her medical records?

There is no effect if a patient gets their records. Their disease is the same, and they are treated the same.

Do you have to tell the patient before destroying medical record?

No, there's no requirement to notify the patient prior to destruction of old medical records.

Who Organizes and codes patient records and gathers?

A: A Medical Records Technician is the person that does all the recording.

How does a patient access his or her own medical records?

Submit a signed, written request to the doctor, hospital, etc. for your medical records. They are required to let you have copies of your medical records, but they may charge a fee.

Can medical records from fifteen years ago be obtained?

typical hospital policy is to destroy medical records at 15 years, however, if they do have them, and you are the patient (or legal guardian of the patient) then yes, you can by contacting the hospital.

Can a 18 year old get medical records in ma?

yes medical records in ma is a record system about patient test treatment online .

Can you release medical records to other than the patient?

No because of doctor and patient confidentiality Hope it helped:)

If a code is not documented in medical records the medical assistant should never code a patient as having what?

a medical assistant should never code a patient as having what unless its is documented in medical record

Are medical records confidential after a Doctor files bankruptcy?

Medical records belong to the patient, not the doctor and remain confidential regardless of the doctor's financial condition.

What has the author Diann Johnson written?

Diann Johnson has written: 'Medical records' -- subject(s): Access control, Medical records, Patient advocacy

What can a patient do if a medical office refuse to transfer medical records?

Try calling the Medical Board in your state to lodge a complaint.

Who organize and code patient records gather statistical data?

A: A Medical Records Technician is the person that does all the recording.

Can a Texas doctor write a prescription for a patient based only on medical records?