What rights does a patient have to review their Medical Records?

What rights does a patient have to talk directly to his doctor or other professionals involved in treatment?


HIPAA gives patients the right to get copies of all of their medical records. Patients also have the right to view — usually at the medical provider’s offices — their original medical records.

HIPAA does allow health care providers to withhold certain types of medical records, including:

  • psychotherapy notes
  • information the provider is gathering and compiling for lawsuits, and
  • medical information that the provider believes could reasonably endanger your life, your physical safety, or the safety of another person.

Usually, if the provider denies your request for medical records, it must provide you with a denial letter. In some cases, you may be able to appeal the denial.

HIPAA requires medical providers to provide copies of medical records within 30 days of your request. nolo.com/medical-records-information-rights-


You have the right to know the identity and professional status of individuals providing service and to know which physician or other practitioner is primarily responsible for your care.

You have the right to obtain, fromthe practitioners responsible for coordinating and providing your care, complete and current information about diagnosis (to the degree known), treatment, alternatives, risks and any known prognosis. This information should be  communicated in terms you can understand

Mayo Clinic – Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Mayo Clinic – Patient Rights & Responsibilities






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