Can I ask my doctor to mail my medical records to me?

Under the federal privacy rule established by HIPAA, a "covered entity", such as a physician or hospital, must accommodate "reasonable" requests by patients to receive their medical records. This means that a practitioner can not require the patient to come to their office to pick up the records. If you ask that your medical record be mailed or faxed, your physician or hospital can not refuse to do so as it is a "reasonable" request.