Below is the Minnesota 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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Minnesota Statute 144.335, Subdivision 5
MDH uses the formula described in Minnesota Statutes, section 144.292, subdivision 6, to annually determine the maximum allowable fees for copies of patient records.
When a provider or its representative makes copies of patient records upon a patient’s request under this section, the provider or its representative may charge the patient or the patient’s representative no more than:
- $1.35 per page
- $17.96 for retrieval fees
- The provider may charge a patient no more than the actual cost of reproducing x-rays
- No more than $10 for the time spent retrieving and copying the x-rays
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.
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