Quick Answer: How Far Back Should You Keep Medical Records?

Do I need to keep old medical bills?

Here’s what we recommend.

Keep medical bills until you have paid the bill in full.

Hang on to them for an additional year, especially if you plan on deducting the expenses on your income tax return.

After that period, you can shred them..

What medical records should I keep?

Keep these records at the ready. A personal health history (conditions, how they’re being treated and how well they’re controlled, as well as important past information such as surgeries, accidents and hospitalizations) Doctor visit summaries and notes. Hospital discharge summaries.

How long should you keep medical bills and records?

one yearKeep receipts for medical expenses for one year, as your insurance company may request proof of a doctor visit or other verification of medical claims.

How far back do hospitals keep medical records?

six yearsA. Yes, but not forever. Physicians and hospitals are required by state law to maintain patient records for at least six years from the date of the patient’s last visit.