Doctors are obliged to ensure patients can access their history, but there's no law against giving files to a private firm, says the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
And that means doctors have little say over how much private companies charge patients for medical records.
A Thunder Bay woman learned that lesson the hard way after she was asked to pay $600 dollars to access her files after her family doctor closed his practice.
"A private company that's storing health files on behalf of a professional are acting as the agent of the health professional," he said. "[It] would be bound by the same rules in terms of what they can charge."
To get her health records, Wendy Doran had to call a private medical registry that now holds her file. When she says she was told there would be a fee of more than $600 to access them, she couldn't believe it.
“I couldn't believe I would have to pay for my own medical records. [I] can't afford something like that.
The president of RSRS, the company that holds the records, said the company wants to ensure all patients can access their records. He added the company has never withheld medical records from a patient because of his or her ability to pay.
Originally posted by luciddream
reply to post by Skywatcher2011
But do they have quick access to your file?
My family doctor, well used to be good, now just average, i guess the age is taking a toll on her, she is like 63.