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Old Mar 21st 2011, 12:44 pm
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Hi all

A quick question, moving to New Jersey a week today and I'm trying to obtain a copy of our medical records.

Did anyone get a copy of their records for health insurance purposes? If you are an adult did you need full records (from birth) or just the past say 5 years? Were you required to supply these for medical insurance purposes?

I have requested a copy for my son (8) but it seems very expensive to get full copies for both myself and husband. (The docs want to charge £40 for just an excerpt!)

Any help is much appreciated.

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Old Mar 21st 2011, 12:51 pm
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if you are in the UK , then anything that is held on computer they can charge a maximum of 10 UKP for.
Written records is a max of 50 UKP.

when we moved to canada i paid 50 UKP each for mine and husbands , they are currently sat unused in a safety deposit box.

My advice would be get anything pertaining to any current conditions/meds and any vaccination records for children . otherwise don't bother
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Unless you have an extensive medical history then don't bother. As long as you can get an immunization history and know roughly what has happened to you in your life then you should be fine. If you have a chronic condition or something similar that has needed long term care, testing and treatment then it's probably wise to get the whole record so your new doctors can see the history.
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Ours were free and just covered immunisation records and what the doctor refered to as "anything significant" over the past 5 years. For my daughter, the medical insurance people at the Capita health check just took a photocopy of her red book.
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I got a copy of all of ours, but the girl at the doctors office said that she'd only printed any relevant stuff that may be used at a later date, thankfully we've never had any major things like asthma etc. So far I've not used them either, neither for health insurance or for my last visit to the doctor so I suppose I spent the money for nothing But what everyone else has said about the immunisation records is an absolute must, you'll need it if you have kids in school, and try and relax, it'll all fall in to place, good luck with the move
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Are you saying that you do not necessarily need to provide medical records from the UK in order to get health insurance in the USA? I have no real medical history worth mentioning so am wondering if I don't need to bother.
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We got copies of all of ours - including our childhood immunisations which were on paper copies at the doctors. If you go for a green card you will need proof of what injections you have had - or you will have to pay to have them all again. They are very strict with us on the Immigration immunisations, and if you dont have proof - you have to have it again, or you wont pass the medical !
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We got copies of all of ours - including our childhood immunisations which were on paper copies at the doctors. If you go for a green card you will need proof of what injections you have had - or you will have to pay to have them all again. They are very strict with us on the Immigration immunisations, and if you dont have proof - you have to have it again, or you wont pass the medical !
Yep, I've done all that and my temporary green card passport thing and brown envelope arrived last week. I'm wondering about what is involved in getting medical insurance when I move to CA.
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Are you saying that you do not necessarily need to provide medical records from the UK in order to get health insurance in the USA?
Yes, especially if you are getting it via an employer.
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Are you saying that you do not necessarily need to provide medical records from the UK in order to get health insurance in the USA? I have no real medical history worth mentioning so am wondering if I don't need to bother.
I didn't need to provide any medical records for my health insurance which is private for me and my girls and neither did my OH for his insurance which is through his work, so I wouldn't really worry about it tbh
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Just get vaccination records...but, what about getting a relative to pick up a copy of your records?

My old doctors charged me a tenner I think for them but wanted £25 to post them to the US, so got my mother to pick them up and send them after I faxed a letter giving her permission. I only did it because I've got a wedge of work done on my ankles as they're rubbish.

If you've got nothing interesting, or even if you do but aren't bothered by it, don't bother. Makes no difference over here.

Plus medical insurance should spring for a titre test if they want to know what vaccinations you're covered for.
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We got copies of all of ours - including our childhood immunisations which were on paper copies at the doctors. If you go for a green card you will need proof of what injections you have had - or you will have to pay to have them all again. They are very strict with us on the Immigration immunisations, and if you dont have proof - you have to have it again, or you wont pass the medical !
Or you get a titre test to show what you're covered for and you're sorted. Get it done in the UK if you can, or if insurance pays for it in the US, can run a couple hundred other wise, but that's still cheaper than getting jabbed for everything.
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i had photocopies of my first set of materbity notes and my OBGYN here couldnt have cared less - they wanted me to verbally tell her the details afresh and then transcribe it into their own style notes.

I did bring the vaccination records for the whole family though. Only the kids were much use as they were in the official red books. Mine and hubbies were not so much use as i just asked for a printout and it had no headed paper or doctors stamp so the green card medical people mainly ignored it. They were happy to take note of my accient handwritten vaccination records from the 70's though lol.
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i had photocopies of my first set of materbity notes and my OBGYN here couldnt have cared less - they wanted me to verbally tell her the details afresh and then transcribe it into their own style notes.

I did bring the vaccination records for the whole family though. Only the kids were much use as they were in the official red books. Mine and hubbies were not so much use as i just asked for a printout and it had no headed paper or doctors stamp so the green card medical people mainly ignored it. They were happy to take note of my accient handwritten vaccination records from the 70's though lol.
Hope your not too stressed Sam !

Got my kids vaccination records yesterday from the doctors.

He stamped them and signed them although I have had a nightmare time trying to get hold of the pediatric Hep B vaccine seems to be a manufacturing issue!

Luckily as he is 11yrs old he can get the adult dose
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Thanks for all your replies folks.

We've decided to just get son's records for school etc.

Amanda, just waiting for our boxes to be picked up on Thursday then I'll feel a bit better. We are currently staying at my sister's house as tenants moved into our house last Tuesday. So it's a bit difficult as all our boxes are in the house as well as the cases we are taking on the plane with us.

We are having a party on Saturday with family and friends so that is stressing me out a bit. I'm also thinking I've forgotten something important.

We fly on Monday so if it's not done by then it's tough!!

How is your packing/moving/sorting/leaving going?!

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