Who has access to your medical records

What are my rights?

Does my doctor need my consent to share my medical information with a specialist who's treating me?
  • Yes
  • No

As a general rule, only your health care providers can see your medical records. No one else has access to them without your permission. However, there are some exceptions. Learn who can see your medical records and in what situations.

What you should know

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Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in June 2018
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Jessica Derynck,  Health Sciences Association of BC

Jessica Derynck

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