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Can I get my medical records?

Your medical records actually belong to the doctor, hospital, or other place that made them, not to you. But the information in your medical records belongs to you. Under BC law, you have a right to see the information.

The process to get copies of your medical records depends on who has the records: your doctor or a public body like a hospital.

We explain the steps you can take in either case in our page on getting your medical records.

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in August 2019

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

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