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

Where To Keep Your Copy Of Your Medical Records

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Where to keep your records depends on what is most comfortable for you. Alternatives include:

  • A simple file folder 
  • In a box. 
  • In a binder. The Lance Armstrong Foundation provides a free binder including space for your documents. See: offsite link
  • Online. You can keep a set of your medical records on line through such services as Microsoft's HealthVault offsite link or a more basic site such as Google' offsite link
  • Create your own electronic copy. Rather than carry around a pile of documents, you can scan documents into your computer. When you get ready to go to a doctor, you can download the file through your USB port onto a portable file or stick. Any doctor you see can upload the documents into his or her computer.

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