Pick up medical records on changing providers?
August 8, 2012 11:39 AM Subscribe
I recently changed jobs--and health insurance providers. As a result I need to change dentists (and possibly GPs). I am in good health--should I bother collecting my dental/medical records and giving them to the new doctors? I am entitled to them under HIPAA, right?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't there's anything I'm particularly concerned about getting continuity of care for--no chronic illnesses or whatever. But, in the case of the dental records, for instance, my X-rays would presumably be included, and that might show whether something is a cavity or a pit in the sealant I had on my molars. Would they be helpful to my next dentist (maybe)? Would my historical normal bloodwork be useful to a new GP--beyond me just saying, "I have had blood tests and the last guy said everything was normal"?
How is this done in this modern world--do they email you an archive, or do you pick up original x-rays etc.?
Any other pitfalls or best practices?