For how long does a physician needs to keep a chart on a patient that only came to the office for a Immigration physical?

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For how long does a physician needs to keep a chart on a patient that only came to the office for a Immigration physical?

Immigration physical are only good for 1 year, and we provide copies of it.

Asked on August 20, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I understand that you are trying to rationalize the length of time that the law states that the physical is valid (which is a law created for various reasons that may have nothing to do with anything) with current state law requirements for Doctors, but I do not think that you can get around the matter that way.  The law in Florida as I understand it is that you must keep a medical record for 5 years after the last date you saw the patient.  I would stick to that. Good luck.


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