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Every time you visit a physician, dentist, psychiatrist or any other type of medical professional a medical record is kept. Records can include anything from the purpose of the visit to important details about your family's medical history. They will also include a record of all diagnoses, tests and even treatments administered to patients.
The reason medical providers keep medical records on patients is so that they understand a patients history and can properly care for them. Medical records are also used by insurance companies to determine the insurability of an individual.
Many patients desire information regarding their medical history to be kept private. Medical records are legal documents, so just how private medical records are kept is often determined by the state in which you (or your medical records) are found.
In order to access your medical records you must file a Release Records Form. A Medical Release Records Form is one that requests that a medical provider release your confidential medical records. Many medical records are now electronic and do not take much effort to access once a Release Records form is provided other records are kept in paper format and may take days or even weeks to recover from storage. The time it takes to access medical records is often determined by how old the records are and what format they are in.