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Michigan Medical Records Laws

A patient's medical records are considered private and only available to the proper medical profesionals, with some exceptions. For example, doctors must report a patient with a serious communicable disease (such as the H1N1 "bird flu") to the appropriate authorities in order to control the spread of the disease. Michigan medical record laws reaffirm the physician-patient privilege to accessing medical records, while also granting the state Dept. of Health access when necessary.

Michigan's medical record laws are highlighted in the box below. See Can Doctors Ever Give My Personal Medical Information to Others Without My Permission? to learn more.

Who Has Access to Records? Any review entity (331.531); Department of Health shall protect privileged communications and individual's expectation of privacy with regard to Department's activities (§333.2611)
What Privileges Apply to Medical Records? Physician-patient (§600.2157)
Mandatory Reporting Requirements Serious communicable diseases (§333.5117)
Patient Consent and Waiver -
Insurance Companies -
Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS All reports of HIV infection and AIDS are confidential; release subject to §333.5131

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

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