Need your medical records?
While this article was written about the American health care system, some of the information is still relevant for Canadians.
Getting your medical records can be a huge barrier to getting a second opinion. Trying to figure out our complex healthcare system on the fly can be a daunting task. Your records belong to you, not your hospital, and you have a right to access them if you want a second opinion.
The most important records are ususally those of your CT scan and your pathology slides if a biopsy was performed.
You should be able to get copies from your Radiology Customer Service counter. There is sometimes a small fee but many hospitals will provide your records for free.
Click here to read more about getting your medical records.