Moving Your Medical Records: One Mistake Could Hurt

Moving Your Medical Records: One Mistake Could Hurt

Moving you and your family’s medical records isn’t a concern until you truly need them. It’s disconcerting when your child or spouse needs treatment, and suddenly you realize the records are at your previous doctor’s office—after you’ve moved to a new city.

It’s even worse if your old doctor is now hundreds (or thousands) of miles away.

Make sure to move your medical, dental and optometry/ophthalmology records to your new location as soon as possible. You can either take physical copies of the medical records with you or have your old doctor’s staff pass them along to your new doctors.

If you acquire copies of your medical records to take with you, they’ll be handy in case of an emergency. The downside is it’s just more important paperwork which you’ll have to keep track during a hectic time. And even though they’re only copies, you wouldn’t want your medical records lost or to fall into the hands of identity thieves.

If you decide to have your medical professionals mail or transmit the documents, you’ll likely have to sign a release form and pay a small administration fee.

Remember, your medical records can’t be sent until you select doctors in your new hometown. Also keep in mind that shipping medical records isn’t a high priority in a doctor’s office, and it could take a month or two for your new doctors to receive them.

So plan ahead when moving your medical records, because you don’t want to miss out on some urgent care when it’s needed most.

Updated from an earlier version by Rick Hazeltine. Shared from Moving.com