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Your medical data: You don't own it, but you can have it

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Your medical data: You don't own it, but you can have it

Access is a right

In this Brookings article, you'll learn about:

  • How patient access to their data affects providers

" Allowing patients to have a copy of their medical records is not necessarily beneficial for medical providers. Just like restaurants that compete over patrons, medical providers compete with each other for patients. "

  • How State regulations impact the accessibility of health records

" Many states have passed regulations that define a structure for the “reasonable cost” of copying patient records. The caps that states place on reasonable costs vary widely. "

  • Policy recommendations

" Patient advocacy groups should work to make patients aware of the value of having access to their own data."

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