Black People : Buying Your Medical Records Online

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  1. legit-writer

    legit-writer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I just seen a preview on TV of that possibly happening. What are your thoughts on having to buy your medical records online? Don't people have to buy their police records online as it is?
     
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    They aren't "your" records.

    True, the records may be about you, but they aren't yours.
    The records belong to the administrative agency who created them.

    Depending on how you look at this, this could be used to your advantage.

    Test it out. Ask the administrative agency if you can have the original records about you and not facsimiles.

    You'll be told whose records they are from that moment forward.

    A record only links to you by claim. Your claim.
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    Greetings sister legit-wiriter, good question. Online access isn't the only way to medical records, but rather an option now that many hospitals and physician practices have EMR (electronic medical records), which helps prevent hospital errors and provides faster access to past medical history in emergency medicine. However, it has always been allowable by law for physicians and hospitals to charge a minimal fee per page.

    Police reports may be available online in some states, however, it's not mandatory to request a copy in this form. In many states, the Department of Public Safety is available on a walk in basis to request and pay for copies.

    :)
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    This is true, very true. The hospital or practice creating and storing the records is charged this task by a host of regulators and must keep them on file for a certain period of time, usually 6 years. So providing patients with originals wouldn't be feasible.

    Good points Shikamaru:) .
     
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    legit-writer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    y'all don't think it's a breach of privacy maybe? {bites fingernails}
     
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    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    No because only "qualified" individuals can access them, such as nurses or doctors who provided care. Even an external doctor must be given permission by the patient, which is "patient consent to release confidential or privileged information". Medical records are highly restricted.
     
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    Another exception being law enforcement which includes foreign governments .....
     
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    Yes and even that info is restricted.
     
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    There is no privacy in public (business).

    If you want to increase privacy, you either would use an alias, an agent, or avoid using services that require divulging personal info.

    Another option is to greatly restrict what you tell others or place on applications. They don't know what you don't reveal either by writing or speech.

    Most organizations want your personal information for purposes of establishing accounts for credit. Avoiding credit can boost your privacy.
     
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    However, where healthcare records are concerned...this is not a free for all. There are certain agencies like disease control, who mandates all healthcare facilities to report certain cases, but that information would only be used for statistics, exploring outbreaks and the like. IMO, confidentiality of your health records are in tact:) .
     
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