This post from Philly lawyer Max Kennerly on how not pay a fortune to obtain medical records sounds better than saving a bunch of money on my car insurance.

According to Kennerly, medical providers can’t charge an arm and a leg for electronic copies of records:

To bill the maximum, the hospital always assumes, even if the patient requests otherwise, that the patient wants paper copies, literally nothing more than the hospital printing a copy of what it has on the computer. That’s because the HITECH Act doesn’t cover the cost of paper copies, state law does, and the lobbying groups for doctors and hospitals have a lot more influence in the State Departments of Health when it comes to allowing scams that fly under the radar. In Pennsylvania, for example, printed copies of medical records can go for up to $1.44 per page. In New York, it’s $0.75 per page. In Texas, $30 for your first 10 pages, then $1 per page and a graduated scale after that. And on and on. (Edit: I forgot to link to Tom Lamb’s state-by-state summary.)

The post includes a sample letter.