Who is entitled to read my medical records?
Staff at BUP are entitled to read medical records kept at other healthcare providers and vice versa. These are called joint medical records and are described in the Patient Data Act. The reason is to enable every healthcare provider to see the patient's medical records so as to provide good and safe care as quickly as possible.
Every healthcare provider establishes medical records for the patient and the care received is not automatically visible to other healthcare providers. In order for staff at BUP to be entitled to read medical records kept by other healthcare providers, or to disclose information to other healthcare staff, ourselves and the other healthcare providers must have or have had contact with the patient for care and treatment. Every time the medical records are accessed a log is created, which can be checked at a later date. You are entitled to know who has read your medical records.
Joint medical records apply regardless of whether you seek care from a county council, municipal or private healthcare provider.
In general, parents have the right to read their child's medical records. As the child gets older, and becomes a teenager, their consent is most often required. Moreover, parents can be denied the right to read the medical records if the attending doctor deems it inappropriate. The reason can be, for example, a risk of complicating the child's treatment or a risk to the child's well-being.