• Shouldn't the Doctors know my history?

    Asked by BeckyTice on Monday, March 20, 2017

    Shouldn't the Doctors know my history?

    Every time I go to a new doctor, I have to fill out a medical history. If they don't ask me to sign a medical release to send to the previous doctors, I give them a copy of my medical records and history. I spend hours getting this ready..... then the day arrives, the doctor walks in.... clueless. Why don't they at least skim over a patient's history? Should I stop wasting my time?

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    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      From here on in, ask for a CD of every scan you get. This usually means asking at the front desk and filling out a form. The CDs come with reading software built in. Keep your own set of records, as complete as you can get them, and have a copy with you whenever you see a new doctor.

      Info falls through the cracks. I'm also a caregiver, and I have provided doctor's office notes and test results that should have been conveyed by one MD to another but that weren't. Fortunately, my own medical team is well-coordinated. Even though my partner has listed our PCP on her HIPPA forms, some test results are still not getting through. Fortunately, I ask for them so I can provide copies. That's not the way it should happen, but it is what it is.

      over 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @BeckyTice, are you going to Houston to MD Anderson or do they have satellite hospital in AZ? My hospital, UTSW, is in the same group, but I have never been treated except with the greatest respect. My oncologist goes over my scans with me every time. We often do not agree with the radiologist report.

      I do sometimes request my scans in DVD. I haven't actually tried to look at them.

      If you're coming to Texas anyway, maybe you would want to consider changing hospitals. I know MD Anderson is one of the very top ranked hospitals, but after reading how you're being treated, I have to wonder why.

      over 2 years ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar

      They have a practice here in AZ.

      over 2 years ago

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