This is the patient's own medical record. There is no reason to withhold it from him/her.
I believe the psychiatrist's office was wrong ... they should have released to her when she asked.
If her private insurance had paid for the service would they also not release the record to her?
Perhaps there are specific laws governing psychiatric records in your state, but I can't imagine that a patient's OWN records would be withheld from him/her.
Hope that helps
F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC
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