Myth: I Don’t Have a Right to Access My Health Record

April 6, 2017

Myth: I don’t have a right to access my health record.

Fact: Your health care provider is the custodian (trustee) of your health record and is responsible for proper use and management of the record. However, the information in the record is yours and you have a right to access it. In fact, 36% of Canadians asked for their information, with seniors being the most likely to ask. You can access it through a formal request process, as outlined in law, but many custodians are pleased to share the information if you ask to see it and, in fact, many custodians are creating online portals or personal health record systems that patients can access whenever they wish.

Source: Connecting Patients for Better Health: 2018. For more information, see and

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