I've changed medical providers so many times over the last several years (and had insurance lie about what was on my record), that whenever anything significant happens, I request a copy of my records from the relevant provider and keep it in my own records. So I would recommend just requesting everything (do a little at a time, if money is a problem for it). That way you can run off a copy whenever it's needed. You'll also be armed if you ever have to fight for care.
The only problem with doing it this way is that a lot of doctors (and especially hospitals) treat a record request as a sign you plan to be litigious and will try to stall sending you the info. I actually had one office refuse to send me records, because the information was "confidential" and could only be sent to another medical professional. Go figure.
DS 1 b. 1/19/09, DS 2 b. 1/12/11, DS 3 b. 3/3/13
Well, picked up my "records" today. They were less than I was hoping for (and my expectations were already low). I got my latest bloodwork, and a summary of my last appointment (my confirmation of this pregnancy). Apparently since I wasn't technically their patient during DD2's pregnancy, they 'don't have' (or won't give me) a copy of her delivery information. No explanation as to why I wasn't given DD1's info. I'm glad Jackie mentioned getting records from the hospital, because I went over there and requested all my L&D records. We'll see how much I actually get when I pick them up on Monday. Sigh.
Ugh. I hope you get more from the hospital side!
I know all these places are scared of litigation, but it shouldn't be this hard to get a copy of MY OWN medical records that I legally have a right to.
Or maybe the drs could completely fill you in when they do stuff to you. I may not have gone to medical school, but I am not an idiot. I can handle knowing medical things about myself. I'll probably even understand most of it.
How did it go with the hospital records?
It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2500 gallons of water to produce ONE POUND of beef.
Livestock generates 65% of all human-related nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more warming to the environment than carbon dioxide; 37% of all human-related methane, which 23 times as warming as CO2; and 64 percent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.
"If you care about the planet, it's actually better to eat a salad in a Hummer than a cheeseburger in a Prius."
-- Bill Maher
Sorry, I thought I posted an update? Maybe it got swallowed up in the internet or maybe I just thought about doing it and actually didn't
Anyway, the hospital was great. They gave me a copy of everything they had, so I finally got the stuff I was looking for. Maybe the OB's office just didn't have what I really wanted? Would have been nice if they'd told me that up front, but it all worked out in the end.