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

What Should Be In Your Copy Of Your Medical Record

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Your copy of your medical records should at least include:

  • An up-to date list of medications. 
    • You should also carry a copy of this list in your wallet or handbag at all times. 
    • To see what a list should contain, see List of Medications.
  • Your own notes about: 
    • Each office visit with doctors and complementary therapists (with date and summary of what happened or was reported)
    • Treatments (including date and description), and
    • Laboratory Tests (including date and results)
  • All reports about any operations
  • Discharge summaries and any significant tests from hospital visits.
  • Ideally, also include notes about when next exams or tests are scheduled. 

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