I have been trying for a year and a half to get a copy of my medical records from my PCP to give to my surgeon. I was told I couldn't have a copy of my records until I paid for them, and then I couldn't have them. I argued with this fact because none of my previous dr's made me pay for my records. Ever since our PCP moved into this new office building they have been all about money. My husband had to pay $45 for his medical records and we haven't received them yet. It's been a total nightmare. I mean, something so simple has turned into the most difficult task on the planet.
I was telling my chiropractor about the situation, and since he knows my PCP he decided to give her a call on my behalf. She told him that they were making me a copy of my records and sending them to the surgeons office. When the surgeons office called me, they were disgusted by what they saw after all that I had been through. Well today I went to pick up the final copy of my medical records...what a disappointment that was. I have been seeing this PCP for about 2 years and what they handed me was crap. When I asked my PCP to help me with a diet she sent me over to their 'lifestyle' center...so another $15 copay out of my pocket...between me and my husband we were racking up $100/month in dr visits and prescriptions.
I have a very good reason as to why I want my medical records, including diet history. Now I'm going to switch PCPs, if I can ever get my records, and do 2 more diets. Luckily the new PCP won't be double duty every month. I really don't have the money anyway. I applied to work at a local hospital in the ED admitting new patients 2x week. I could really use the money.
I had a point...what's the deal with medical records!?!?!?! Especially when the surgeon is making the request.