For how many years should we keep old medical records, including of tests and Xrays?
Have a query about maintaining old medical records at home? Want to know for how many years should a person keep the records? Scroll through this page for answers from ISC experts and decide how much of the medical records to be stored.
Recently a relative of mine has been doing his various health checkups and one of the Doctors enquired about a particular operation that was done about 9-10 years back and whether the reports were still there because although it was many years back, he wished to put it in the context of the current health reports. Hence, I was thinking about why we should keep those old medical records in the first place. I mean, how does it really matter now? My relative is very old and it is too much for him to hunt around for old records, so he just said he does not have those records.
Some hospitals I think do maintain old records for at least ten years, not earlier than that, and we can request old records if required for a fee. What about at home? Should we keep all our blood test reports and other test reports, Xrays if any, records of operations/surgeries, etc which are more than five years old?