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    In healthcare, who owns the medical record?

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    State of California

    They do not belong to the patient. Medical records are the property of the medical provider (or facility) that prepares them. This includes films and tracings from diagnostic imaging procedures such as x-ray, CT, PET, MRI, ultrasound, etc. The patient has a right to view the originals, and to obtain copies under Health and Safety Code sections.

    Reference:
    State of California (2010). Medical Records - Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved September 6, 2012 from http://www.mbc.ca.gov/consumer/complaint_info_questions_records.html#10.

    State of Florida

    Under Florida law, your health care provider owns your medical record. For example, if your provider maintains paper medical records, they own and have the right to keep the original record. You only have the right to see and get a copy of it.

    Reference:
    Pritts, Joy J.D. (2005). Your Medical Record Rights in Florida. Retrieved September 6, 2012 from http://www.hpi.georgetown.edu/privacy/stateguides/fl/fl.pdf.

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