Parents Banned From Medical Records of Their Own Children

Locking parents out of critical medical records is a spreading practice in the medical profession, stemming from federal law. Now all hospitals have a similar policy, but not all of them start at the same age. One medical organization limits records access to parents at the age of 10. ( photo)

KCCI-8 Des Moines – A Coralville father recently found out he will no longer have access to his 12-year-old daughter’s medical records, so he asked KCRG’s I9 investigative team to investigate.

Kevin Christians, of Coralville, said a letter triggered his concerns alerting him he was losing access to his daughter’s medical records. At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, parents are no longer able to see test results, messages from doctors and other information once a child turns 12.

The letter said the hospital wants children at that age to be more active in their own health care. Christians said he believes 12 is too young to keep parents in the dark.

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