Access to Your Medical Records

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Your medical records contain personal information like your name, date of birth and address. These records also have medical information from healthcare professionals, such as the date of your appointments, diagnoses of medical conditions and observations. 

Can you see your medical records? What about your parents?

Having "access" to your medical records means being allowed to see them and make copies.

Are you allowed access to your medical records?

If you are under the age of 14, you aren't allowed to see your medical records. Only your parents can see them.

So, if you are 14 or over, you can access your medical records.  

But there are some exceptions to these rules: even if you are 14 or over, you might not be allowed to see your medical records in these cases: 

  • Your doctor thinks you could be seriously harmed if you read the information in your medical records.

OR

  • Your file contains information provided by another person (for example, a family member), and this person hasn't given permission for you to see this information. 

How to do you ask for access to your medical records?

If you want to see your medical records and you are 14 years old or older, you must make a request in writing and show identification. It's free to look at your records, but you might have to pay for copies. 

Can your parents see your medical records?

If you are under 18, your parents can see your medical records, EXCEPT in these cases:

If you are under 14:

  • You were involved in measures taken under the Youth Protection Act.

AND

  • The youth protection authorities decide that it could be harmful to you if your parents see your medical records.

If you are 14 or over:

  • You refuse to let your parents see your medical records.

AND

  • The healthcare institution involved decides that it could be harmful to you if your parents see your medical records.

Can people other than your parents see your records?

With Your Permission

You can give other people permission to look at all or parts of your medical records. 

Without Your Permission

In the situations listed below, the law says that other people can see certain information in your medical records without getting your permission:

  • Your health is at risk.
  • You are being transferred to between healthcare institutions.
  • A judge orders it.

Learn more about who can access your medical records.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.