Amy - I think I mentioned this before, but when I "got" my medical records from the hospital, I actually just physically went in and looked at them. The hospital was going to charge similar fees to yours, and we could NOT afford it.
I called and made an appt for a day when my DH didn't have to work, and we all went in (DH to care for DS while I looked/handcopied my records). It took quite a while - there were a lot of pages of CRAP that I had to wade through before I found what I was looking for. BUT I'm glad that I went in there b/c I was sure that I had seen everything that was in my file - if I had just had a copy sent, I think I may have questioned the completeness - KWIM?
At least at my hospital, I could stay as long as I wanted (there had to be a hospital employee present at all times
) though the attendant did keep hinting that there wasn't really much more to look at. Or, if you realize it's just too much at that first visit, you can come back as often as you want. I should have done this, but we were preparing for a move, so I didn't have much time.
Or, (I think) you could maybe have a new care provider request the records and then share a copy w/you. I could have done this for my OB's records, anyway, had I had a new care provider then. I'm not so sure about the hospital, but something to look into.