Tag: health records

Posted on July 5, 2015

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STUCK WITH A BIG U.S. HOSPITAL BILL

THE PROBLEM: A number of Canadians end up in hospitals in the U.S. Many of them are either uninsured or under-insured. The result is that they end up stuck with a big hospital bill. The bills are a lesson in humility. One night in the ER results in a bill of $32,000.  A fractured femur […] Read More

Posted on April 3, 2015

GIVE ME MY MEDICAL RECORDS

Steven Keating, a doctoral student at MIT’s media lab, decided to get his medical records. This was not easy. However, by pushing and prodding, he got hold of 70 gigabytes of his records. About 8 years ago, a brain MRI had shown a slight abnormality. He was reassured that it was ” nothing to worry […] Read More

Posted on November 22, 2014

IMPORTANT ADVICE ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF OR A FAMILY MEMBER:  This is the start of a series of articles teaching patients how to advocate for themselves or for a family member.  Advocacy is about understanding patient rights, about navigating a very complex system and about successfully accessing appropriate healthcare services to ensure a good outcome. Here […] Read More