Posted by pseudoname on April 30, 2006, at 0:30:33
In reply to Re: Got my psych records, posted by Phillipa on April 29, 2006, at 23:48:58
> Mine would only release them to another pdoc.
I guess laws vary state to state.
Once your current doc gets them, maybe you could get copies then. All the earlier docs' records were included in what my last pdoc's office sent.
If a doc refused my request, I would sue. I'd love it! ;-)
> Or you can request to read them with the doc present.
How insulting. But I'd settle for that, if I could get copies after. Looking over some state laws just now, I guess they can hold records back if the info in them would cause “a severe deterioration in mental state” for the patient. Even then, there's an appeal procedure, and you can also file to get a court order. But that seems like a pretty far-out situation. Whatever that info is, why hasn't the doc broken it to the patient already?