Can I charge a patient for a copy of their medical records?

You shouldn't generally charge patients if they ask for a copy of their records.

Under data protection law, patients have a right of access to their personal data - including their medical records. They can ask for a copy of this data by making a subject access request. 

You can only charge patients a fee if their request is 'manifestly unfounded or excessive', in which case reasonable administrative costs associated with the request can be added.

Find out more about subject access requests here.

This page was correct at publication on 16/12/2021. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.