What happens to your medical records when a hospital shuts down?What happens to your medical records when a hospital shuts down?
They could be lost forever, unless you’re willing to pay for them.
We wanted to know just how important the records really are.
The question came up this week after former Hawaii Medical Center patients started receiving these letters in the mail.
Basically, anyone who’s ever been treated at HMC east or west has until September to decide if they want to pay to get a copy of their medical records, and doctors say it’s well worth it.
When Hawaii Medical Centers in Liliha and Ewa closed more than a year ago, that left the hospitals with tens of thousands of patients’ medical records.
HMC has sent out notices saying those records will be destroyed by September 24th, or former patients can order a copy for about $40.00.