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New York Medical Records Laws

Medical records in America are not always easily accessible. The records are considered highly sensitive and 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. New York medical records laws lay out a patient's right to keep sensitive medical records confidential, including records of abortions and veneral disease. A New York physician can release medical files to other doctors or hospitals upon written request of patient or parents.

The following table highlights the basics of New York 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? Medical director of prison in reference to inmate (Corr. §601); ombudsman (Exec §544-a); inspector of a mental facility (Men. Hyg. §16.11); physician or hospital must release medical file to another physician or hospital upon written request of parent, guardian, or patient; records concerning venereal disease treatment or abortion for minor may not be released, even to parent (Pub. Health §17)
What Privileges Apply to Medical Records? Physician, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, and nurse. (Civ. Prac. §4504)
Mandatory Reporting Requirements -
Patient Consent and Waiver -
Insurance Companies -
Provisions Related to HIV/AIDS All HIV-related information is confidential and may only be disclosed in limited circumstances (Pub. Health §2782)

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

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