|And of course, DEMAND your records from the hospital before they have a chance to 'doctor' them up.
They will make you wait 10-30 days.
It doesn't make any sense - a patient should be able to go into the office, demand the record, and have it immediately handed to them because if there is something the doctor doesn't want you to see, it won't be in there.
I used to work for a mental health agency and it was common practice to keep two records on each client - the one we would give them if they asked for it, and the "secret" one. Often, the diagnoses even differed between those two records. Of course, the secret file with all the "real" information was the one given to insurance companies.
Another place I went to get records from had this policy: instead of giving you the record, they would lead you into a windowless room and a person who worked there would read you the record.