On Friday, the Florida Board of Medicine will meet in Deerfield Beach to consider raising the fees for patients requesting their own medical records — from $1 per page for the first 25 pages and 25 cents per page after that — to a flat $1 per page charge for all pages. To give you an example of how expensive that is, at Staples the cost to copy one page of information begins at 3 cents a page. HealthPort Technologies, LLC is the company requesting the increase.
The raise in rates for patients would match the rate that lawyers are currently paying for copies. Tampa resident Barbara Allen says that it's unfair for attorneys to be charged at a higher rate.
"You spend a lot of time with attorneys," she told CL on Wednesday. "You give him the power to do whatever it takes on your behalf. They have complete authority. Why should the law be different for them than for me?"
Allen said that ultimately the client will have to pay as much because they're paying their attorneys to look out for them.
The proposal would also make the cost of electronic documents the same cost as paper copies, a notion that outrages the Florida Consumer Action Network's (FCAN) Bill Newton.