When asked what documents are important to them, you likely think about your birth certificate, your passport or drivers’ license. Chances are you don’t think about your medical records. But you should.
Each time you visit a doctor, physician, medical specialist or other healthcare provider, a record is kept of the care you received. Your medical records are extremely important as they provide a history about you: procedures and treatments received, tests run, medications prescribed, known allergies, etc. Hospitals and healthcare providers compile their own records of your treatment and maintain them for safekeeping, but it is in your best interest to retain a copy for yourself.
Why Keep Your Own Copy of Your Medical Records?