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    karenelise113 Guest

    Who owns my x-rays?

    What is the name of your state? California

    Who owns my x-rays. The dentist office say they do and that I must pay for a copy of them. Didn't my insurance company already pay for them? My new dentist needs them. Is it the law that a dentist office keep the original x-rays on-site in case of an audit by insurance companies?
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    Unless California has a law specifically saying otherwise (and you can find out by calling your state insurance commission) it is not illegal for your dentist to charge you for a copy of your records, including your x-rays.

    The fact that the insurance company may have paid a claim for the taking of the x-rays does not mean that they, or you, own them.
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    They can charge you for a copy, but in general, they will send the originals or copies upon request to the new provider without charge. If requested at the time of service they will often provide them at minimal charge,

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