Can I Have a Copy of my Medical Test Results?

Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2017

Ask the experts

I recently had some lab work done (cholesterol profile), can I request a copy of my test results?

Doctor's response

Patients are always allowed access to their medical information, including laboratory test results. But, laws differ among U.S. states about the release of such information. In some states, you may request a copy of your lab test results directly from the laboratory, while in other states, the laboratory is only allowed to release the results to the health care provider who ordered the tests.

In all cases, your doctor should be able to give you a copy of the test results. Talk to the office of the health care provider who ordered the lab tests and explain that you would like to receive a copy of the results.

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Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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