Common Questions

Who owns my medical records?

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.
  • Privacy - Why It's Important and How to Protect It, from the BC Civil Liberties Association, is an online resource that discusses privacy laws, including privacy of personal health information.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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