Below is the Georgia state statute which controls the amount of money that doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can charge for copies of medical records provided to the patient or the patient’s attorney for use in personal injury or wrongful death civil cases. Note that there may be other statutes which pertain to workers’ compensation claims, Social Security disability matters, etc.
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- A charge of up to $25.88 may be collected for search, retrieval, and
other direct administrative costs
- A fee for certifying the medical records may also be charged not to exceed $9.70 for each record certified
- The actual cost of postage incurred in mailing the requested records may also be charged
- Copying costs for a record which is in paper form shall not exceed
- $0.97 per page for the first 20 pages of the patient’s records which are copied
- $0.83 per page for pages 21 through 100
- $0.66 for each page copied in excess of 100 pages
- These numbers reflect July 1, 2016 increase for inflation.
- For medical records which are not in paper form, including but not limited to radiology films, the provider shall be entitled to recover the full reasonable cost of such reproduction.
If you are aware of an additional or different medical records copying costs statute which should be posted for this state, please send a link to the relevant statute to Tom Lamb.
Likewise, any clarifications, corrections, or updates regarding the statute shown for this state should be submitted to Tom Lamb.
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