Some people find it helpful to keep doctors’ notes for important treatment information.
But other people find that keeping the doctor’s notes a medical necessity can cause problems for others.
How do you keep a medical doctor’s statement a medical imperative?
If you don’t have a medical record, you could keep it with a doctor to keep it out of the wrong hands.
Or, you might have to use a third party to keep the note in a safe place.
You could also get a copy of the note to keep in a bank account.
How can I get a medical doc’s note if I don’t want to do the work?
If the medical doc is not available, you can ask your doctor to take care of the problem by sending a request to the following address: 1-888-237-6247 (English) or 1-800-744-6444 (Spanish).
Or, if you are an emergency room doctor, call 1-877-822-6226.
If you have a child or dependents with a chronic medical condition, you may want to find a trusted health care professional who can help you.
If a doctor is not able to help you, contact the VA or your local hospital emergency department (ED) or call the national hotline at 1-866-737-7387 (US and Canada) or toll-free at 1 (800) 726-7878 (international).
If you are on a waiting list for a health care provider, contact your state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
They can help determine if a referral to a provider is the right choice.
Is it legal to keep medical notes for people with chronic illnesses?
The answer is yes.
The following are some examples of medical documents that can be kept by medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others.
Medical notes that may be kept: Important information such as prescription medication, patient data, patient instructions, and lab results, as well as information about your symptoms and treatment.
For example, you should keep information about the time of the month and whether you have been prescribed medication, the type of medicine you are taking, the dose you have taken, the dosage of your medication, and other important information.
If the information is important to you, you must keep it.
If your doctor does not have the time to keep this information, you are entitled to a copy or a copy sent to him or her.
If it is not necessary, your doctor may keep a copy for his or her use.
For information about how to properly preserve medical records, visit the VA’s Online Record Keeping Guide.