So, how much is it going to cost me to get my medical records?
The cost of obtaining medical records differs from state to state. In Colorado, where my practice is located, doctors’ offices are supposed to charge no more than the “reasonable cost” of providing the records.
Under Colorado law, the “reasonable cost” is $14.00 for pages 1-10, $0.50 per page for pages 11-40, and $0.33 for every page after that. Plus postage.
So, it all comes down to the number of pages of records you are requesting. If you are requesting 60 pages of records, the cost would be as follows:
$14.00 for pages 1-10
$15.00 for pages 11-40
$6.60 for pages 41-60
GRAND TOTAL: $35.60 for 60 pages before postage charges. (Now you know why being a medical records copier is lucrative business).
Ok, but you do not request medical records by the page. No one says ‘give me 60 pages of my file.’
True enough. When my office requests medical records, we do it by how far back we are requesting records and the types of records we are requesting. This will be the topic of the next (thrilling) installment.
UPDATE: These prices are now out of date. Click on the “Medical Records” category for posts discussing the new rates.=========================================================
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