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Does a patient have rights to access their health information?

Asked by Traciemassey, Last updated: Nov 19, 2019

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W. Ira

W. Ira

Answered on Nov 19, 2019

Yes, a patient has the full right to access his or her health information as given under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The HIPAA privacy rule provides information about the extent to which an individual has access to his or her health information as a patient, with just a few restrictions. A patient can make a request for his or her health information from the doctor in several ways that please him or her depending on the agreeable terms.

A patient can, of course, make a request for his or her health information directly or orally from the doctor, which will surely be given. One's health can also be requested through mails it faxes, and the doctor may and may not agree to deliver the information. The doctor may not deliver it if he is concerned with the security and privacy of the patient and thus can ask the patient to come over to the hospital to have it or to provide proof of identification.

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L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered on Oct 14, 2019

Providing individuals with acquiring their health information empowers them to be more in control of decisions regarding their health. The HIPPA Privacy Rule affords individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies upon appeal of the information in their medical and other health records kept by their health care providers and health plans.

The Privacy Rule generally requires HIPPA covered bodies (health care plans and most health care providers) to arm individuals, upon request, with access to the protected health information about them in one or more "designated record sets." The patient may obtain a copy of their medical record, as well as to direct the health care physician or person to transmit a copy to a designated person of the individual's choice.

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