Who owns your Xrays?
February 23, 2006 12:44 PM Subscribe
Legally, who owns your X-rays? Weird dentist bullshite...
My mother and I both left our old dentist, not feeling he was really doing his job. My mother just went to a new dentist and in order to save her the money on new xrays, he called her old dentist to ask them to send her latest xrays to his office. The dentist refused. His office personnel said they don't give the xrays to anyone. They belong to them. They said they would send a photocopy of the xrays, at $5 per Xray. The new dentist was furious. He said the Xrays are not the dentist's, but belong to my mother. I am going to go to the old dentist's office to get the xrays myself. But, I want to be well armed, maybe even witha printout of current California law regarding the release of the Xrays, and whether they can charge for any of this. I have never had this problem with any Xrays I've ever had taken. This is a matter of principal more than anything. I refuse to pay for something that rightfully belongs to me. So, who owns the Xrays? What are my options? Anyone know what the relevant law, if any, is on this?