In Virginia, How Much Can a Doctor Charge a Patient or an Attorney For Medical Records?

As you can imagine as part of my law practice I need to request a large amount of medical records for my clients.  I also, on occasion, have had to request my own medical records.  I am always surprised at how much a doctr’s office will charge for medical records. If a patient requests a copy of his or her own records, a medical provider may charge a “reasonable cost based fee,” which can only include the cost of supplies for, and labor of, copying the requested information, postage, and preparation of an explanation or summary of such information as agreed to by the patient. Code of Virginia § 32.1-127.1:03(J). If an attorney requests a paper copy of the patient’s records, a medical provider may charge 50¢ per page up to 50 pages and 25¢ per page for each additional page, plus a $20 search and handling fee and all postage and shipping costs. These costs do not apply to photocopies of x-rays, which cost a “reasonable…

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