Can I be charged for looking at my medical records?
No. While New York permits a provider to charge an "inspection fee" if you simply want to look at your records, the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not. Since the HIPAA Privacy Rule provides more protection of your rights, your health care provider must follow the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Your health care provider can not charge you an inspection fee. You can not be charged a fee for the custodian of the medical records searching for your records. This fee is sometimes called a "retrieval" or "clerical" fee. However, they are not permitted.