Is it legal for a doctor’s appointment to be recorded without the physician’s consent if the patient is the one doing the recording?

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022Fact Checked

Get Legal Help Today

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Is it legal for a doctor’s appointment to be recorded without the physician’s consent if the patient is the one doing the recording?

I have had a pending work comp claim in the state of IL for about 14 weeks now with no benefits. I have a work comp attorney who is handling the claim. Although the injuries happened in IL where I worked and the

work comp claim was filed, I live in IA a 10 minute drive to IL. So, as it’s much more convenient, I’ve been being treated and seen by physicians in IA. My worker’s comp attorney said that she could not answer or make any recommendations to my question because she is not licensed in IA and is not familiar with IA law. In IL I know it is illegal to record a doctor’s appointment without the physician’s knowledge and agreement. I

thought IA was a 1-party consent state but wanted to verify by someone familiar with IA law. Is it legal to voice record a doctor’s appointment, between just a licensed physician and patient, without the consent of the doctor if the patient is the only party doing the recording?

Asked on November 30, 2018 under Personal Injury, Iowa


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

IA is what is known an a "1 party consent" state. This means that so long as 1 party to a conversation consents to its being recorded, it is legal to do so. In other words, as a party to the conversation with your doctor, you may record it even without your physician's knowledge. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption