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Florida Medical Records Laws

American medical records are considered highly sensitive and protected. They are available only to those who need to know and/or have been given consent. Federal laws govern the privacy protection of medical records, along with some state laws. Florida medical records laws lay out a patient's right to keep sensitive medical records confidential, including records of abortions and veneral disease. A Florida patient generally must given written consent to the release of medical records. Florida physicians, meanwhile, must report cases of tuberculosis and STDs to the state Departmen of Health.

The following table highlights the basics of Florida medical records laws. See Can Doctors Ever Give My Personal Medical Information to Others Without My Permission? for more general information.

Who Has Access to Records? Patient or his/her legal representative or health care provider except for psychological or psychiatric records which may be provided as a report instead of copies of records (§456.057); patient's guardian, curator, or personal representative, anyone authorized in writing (§395.3025)
What Privileges Apply to Medical Records? Psychotherapist-patient (§456.059)
Mandatory Reporting Requirements Physicians must report cases of tuberculosis and STDs to Dept. of Health (§384.25, §392.53)
Patient Consent and Waiver Medical records not disclosed unless patient gives written authorizations exceptions to the written authorization as provided in (§456.057)
Insurance Companies -
Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS Confidential with exceptions to nondisclosure as provided in §381.004 (3)(e)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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