Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May Court House) has introduced a measure that would put a cap on the fees charged to patients for copies of their own medical records.
Under the bill, state-licensed hospitals and health care professionals would be limited to charging a maximum of $100 for the production of paper records with a copying fee of 50 cents per page and a $15 administrative fee.
For electronic records, the maximum fee would be set at $50.
“Copies of medical records can become costly very quickly, and often times these are the patients that are already feeling the squeeze from mounting healthcare costs,” Andrzejczak said. “For patients that move or need to switch doctors, requesting copies of medical records can pose an unwanted burden. This change would give New Jersey patients some of the lowest medical record fees in the country.”
The records would also have to be provided within a 30-day period and include “all pertinent data.”
The fees would not apply to those who can demonstrate that their annual income falls at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level or that they are eligible for state or federal assistance.
The bill will be heard before the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.
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