How can I keep my medical records private?
October 2, 2009 12:50 AM Subscribe
How can I keep my medical records from getting into the wrong hands?
posted by wireless to Law & Government (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Even with HIPAA I'm quite skeptical about how private my medical records really are, especially in light of the large number of privacy breaches
in recent years.
I asked a couple of former providers if they could send my medical records and discard their copies, and they told me that they are legally obligated to retain medical records. Which types of providers, exactly, are bound by these laws? I know they apply to my family physician, but do they also apply to professional hypnotists or physical therapists, even when I was paying out of pocket?
More generally, how can I reduce the amount of medical information "out there" about me that could get into the wrong hands?