Private hospitals and clinics are required to provide access to medical records on the request of patients. The RTI Act defines ‘information’1 such that records held even by a private medical establishment can be accessed by a public authority. So a patient can file an RTI with the concerned state or central authority and through them, obtain their medical records from a private hospital. The right of a patient to have access to his medical records is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India, 1950.2
To file an RTI, read more here.
- Section 2(f), Right to Information Act, 2005
- Article 19 and 21, Constitution of India, 1950; Nisha Priya Bhatia Vs. Institute of HB&AS, GNCTD 2014 SCC OnLine CIC 3155