December 9, 2007 4:01 PM Subscribe
Do I need personal copies of my medical records if I'm in good health?
posted by almostmanda to health & fitness (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It's my understanding that the HIPAA and Missouri (where I'm at) law allows me to obtain personal copies of all of my medical records. I'm only 22 and in good health--just some allergy and asthma issues. I've just recently graduated from college, and before that never really had a regular doctor. Would it be at all beneficial to contact the places I've gone for medical care (2 student health clinics, probably 4-5 doctors, a few specialized clinics, 3 dentists, etc) to round up all of my medical records? I'm mostly interested in getting baseline/regular test results: diabetes check, thyroid check, regular paps, cholesterol test, allergy test, etc.
Would this be a good idea, or am I being exceptionally paranoid/overly concerned? How would I go about doing this, if practical, and will it cost me anything? I'm planning on moving out-of-state within the next year, if that makes a difference.
Bonus: Is it rude/abnormal to ask for copies of the results of these types of tests when they are taken?