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Who Has Your Medical Records

In general, any healthcare provider you have seen has to keep medical records about you and provide access or a copy when requested.

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There is no federal standard requiring how long doctor’s keep your records for, but instead this is specified on a state-by-state basis. 5 years is the minimum holding period, with the majority of states requiring doctors and hospitals to keep records for 7 to 10 years or longer after your last visit.

If you have moved or have changed health care providers, it’s a good idea to request your medical records to make sure you have access.

Contact your healthcare provider to see if the medical records you want are available. Your medical records can be accessed through doctors, hospitals, labs, or any other medical establishments you visited.

You may be able to access your medical records is through a patient portal that connects you to your electronic health record, but in many instances these provide access only to summary notes.