Introduction:

Care providers are responsible for the the on-going management, updating and maintenance of patients' medical records in the proper legal manner and for the period of time required by law
When the patient is treated in a medical facility the management is responsible for the records
For more information see the laws and regulations section below


Care providers must document all medical procedures in the medical record, making sure that the records are legible or printed.

  • The length of a physician's professional experience is irrelevant, as the obligation is the same for all physicians.

Who is Eligible?

How to Claim It?

Please Note

  • Medical records are extremely important.
  • Medical importance - The medical record enables different medical care professionals to provide patients with continuous, consistent and proper care. In addition, the precise description of a patient's condition at various times along with test results is important for keeping track of the development of an illness and the effects of treatment.
  • Legal importance - The medical record is used as evidence of the specifics of the treatment given to the patient, and it constitutes a central piece of judicial evidence regarding the medical care that was provided and its results. When something is not documented in the medical record, it can be damaging to patients in legal contexts because it will be impossible to clarify what was performed. When a patient sues and there is no proper medical record, the burden of proof regarding disputed facts is placed on the doctor or medical facility. By law, failure to properly document medical care is illegal.

Court Rulings

Aid Organizations

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Government Agencies

Laws and Regulations

Additional Publications

Credits