SA Medical Records - Can Doctors Surgery Charge to Transfer Files?

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21 January 2015
Can a doctors sugery charge between $80 and $90 dollars for a person to have their medical records transfered to another surgery?


Well-Known Member
10 September 2014
That is high. I recently got charged $20. When I questioned why they advised some records had to get printed. I wasn't happy but could understand the reasoning. My child's records was minimal so there was no charged. If you don't feel your records are lengthy just ask how the cost is calculated. It should be an amount fair to the work involved.
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Tracy B

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24 December 2014
Hi Neva,

I agree with Ash above in that you should ask the doctor/hospital for a breakdown of the fees. It could be that the fee is reasonable considering the amount of records they need to transfer over and where to. However, you have a right to enquire about this.

As a patient, you have access to your own records. It may be cheaper to request a copy and personally send/deliver it to the new clinic. Unfortunately, as far as I know of, SA does not have capped fees for requesting medical records. To give some reference, Victoria has a schedule of maximum fees clinics may charge for records: "Access to health records and maximum fees for access"

If you still dispute the figure, or wish to gain some more information, you can contact the SA ombudsman (which is also the unofficial health ombudsman).
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