Access to Doctors' Notes Empowers Patients

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide November 30, 2012
  • I walked out of my doctor's office with a handful of papers following a routine appointment this week. There was nothing unusual about that. I always request a copy of any test results; there is usually an order for more bloodwork to be done prior to my next appointment; and there's always a prescrip...

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  • PainBack07Aust
    Dec. 14, 2012

    I am not sure if the FOI(Freedom of Information Act) in Australia gives us the same liberties.  As the notes taken about a patient are for Doctors and Nursing staff only.  One needs to pay a fee to access these records and then the Dr. can BLACK out anything on the copy that is supplied anyway.  So what is the point?  This would also apply...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am not sure if the FOI(Freedom of Information Act) in Australia gives us the same liberties.  As the notes taken about a patient are for Doctors and Nursing staff only.  One needs to pay a fee to access these records and then the Dr. can BLACK out anything on the copy that is supplied anyway.  So what is the point?  This would also apply to a Psycoligist records and notes also.

     

    The dr. will only reliese things that will not ever lead to situations of mal-practice suits and if for some reason you have conflicting accounts from different doctors then what? 

     

    Dealling with FOI for doctors and medical notes to build a medical case in relation to an injury, it is usually the Lawyers that hold all the reports.  The client is never given a copy of all the information given even if it is the client that had to pay from their own pocket the FOI Fee to get it!  This makes me a little cross as if the whole process is long and drawn out ONE can't even consult with another law firm! 

     

    So when one day the Health Profession gets their heads around the technology and makes the system safe from HACKERS, I would be happy to be able to let Dr's access all my records to get a good history, then when at 3 am when I am rushed via ambulence to hospital, I will not be treated like just a druggy on a bender.  Believe me it happens and it is not good!  So bring it on! :)

  • twinsgram
    Dec. 03, 2012

    Karen,

     

    This is something we've needed for a very long time.  For one thing. we won't have to run from doctor's office to doctor's office trying to get records to take to some other medical professional.  I don't feel well and I despise asking my husband to do yet another of my errands.  He has his own health concerns.  With fibro...

    RHMLucky777

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    Karen,

     

    This is something we've needed for a very long time.  For one thing. we won't have to run from doctor's office to doctor's office trying to get records to take to some other medical professional.  I don't feel well and I despise asking my husband to do yet another of my errands.  He has his own health concerns.  With fibro fog to deal with after the doctor's info we've tried to absorb, I sometimes forget to ask for that report.  I alway need a copy of a lab report, xray or something one of my doctors need.

     

    Thanks for your info.  As usual, you are right on the mark.  You're still my hero!!!

     

    Love,

    Linda E