Do I have the right to request my patient records without having to pay for them?

Asked on March 12, 2015 under Malpractice Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No: the doctor has to keep a copy for his/her files, and is allowed to charge you the reasonable cost of making copies for you--he or she does not have to foot the cost of making the copies him- or herself.


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