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Common Questions

Who owns my medical records?

Last reviewed in March 2023 by the Clicklaw editors

Many people think that their medical records are their own property, but they actually belong to the doctor or hospital that made them. However, the information in the medical records belongs to you, and normally, you have a right to see that information.

Good starting points include:

  • Getting Your Medical Records, a Canadian Bar Association BC Branch factsheet, outlines who owns medical records, and what you can do if you have a problem getting access to your medical records.
  • Medical Records, from People's Law School, provides information about accessing your medical records and who has access to them.

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