Get all medical records?

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Get all medical records?

by Patricia_D_1 on Sun Aug 24, 2003 12:00 AM

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Should I get medical records and tests from all hospitals including my primary care? The more the better or is requesting all even though from 3 different offices rocking the boat?

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by LINDA_P_5 on Mon Aug 25, 2003 12:00 AM

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I'm not sure why you need your medical records but if you need them because you are being treated for a medical condition, then get all records. I use to work for a General Surgeon and now I work for a health insurance company in the medical claims dept so I know how important your records can be for a particular doctor. The more medical history (yours and your family) the better. The medical staff can use this information to study your history and look for any family history involving chronic diseases or even genetic conditions. The more history they have to work with then the better they can rule out any particular diseases or even be able to detect any medical condition. I have a family history of cardio vascular disease, breast cancer and lung cancer so I always give that to any medical provider I have to see. My doctors are now aware of my family history so when I go for a check up they know what different test I may need to check for any of this whether I have symptoms or not. Of course this is called preventative so hopefully I'll be able to catch any medical conditions at an early stage so it can be treated. So don’t worry about rocking anyone's boat, these are your records and you are entitled to get them. These records are very important in your medical treatments.

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by Kathleen_J_1 on Mon Aug 25, 2003 12:00 AM

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I am assuming you or someone you love is being treated for cancer? Well, my advice is to get an artist portfolio for your x-rays and scans. And a file for your test reports. Get copies of everything and ask for copies every time you have something done. If someone needs your reports, you have them right with you instead of running around trying to gather everything up if you see a new doctor or need to refer to previous tests. This I have learned the hard way. Another thing, the x-rays are your property too, even if they tell you that you have to return them. My daughter has had her scans and x-rays lost several times so now she keeps them in the artist portfolio (be sure to put your name, address & phone number on the inside and/or outside. You can't imagine how much time and frustration this will save you, especially if you will have ongoing treatment.
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