Below is the Alabama 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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Section 12-21-6.1 Alabama Code Reproduction
The reasonable costs of reproducing copies of written or typed documents, or reports shall not be more than:
- One dollar ($1) for each page of the first 25 pages
- Not more than 50 cents ($0.50) for each page in excess of 25 pages
- A search fee of five dollars ($5)
- If the medical records are mailed to the person making the request, reasonable costs shall include the actual costs of mailing the medical records
- A person may charge in addition to the above fees, the actual cost of reproducing X-rays and other special medical records
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