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How (And Why) To Keep Your Own Copy Of Your Medical Record

Why Keep Your Own Copy Of Your Medical Record

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Maintaining your own copy of your medical record:

  • Will help give you control of your care and greater continuity. 
  • Help you make even better hcoices about your own health care once you see the data the doctor is working with, as well as his/her assessment.
  • It is the most effective way to insure that you will have access to all your medical information when you want it.
  • Provides a complete record you can take with you if you have to go to an emergency room.
  • Recognizes that with a serious illness, you are likely to see a variety of doctors. Keeping a copy of your medical records allows you to see a new doctor without delay while that doctor waits to receive a copy of your records (which may be incomplete).
  • Is the best way to assure that your records are complete.
  • Helps you continue to get the medical care you need by protecting your medical information in the event of a disaster that affects a doctor's office or medical institution.

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