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Don’t Raise Medical Record Fee

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Patients will bear the cost if the Florida Board of Medicine moves forward with plans to increase the cost of medical record copies to $1 a page, the Tampa Bay Times says in an editorial.

It’s been about a year since the Board began debating the patient cost increase, from 25 cents a page. While the $1-a-page fee is what hospitals and attorneys now pay, the Times argues that the increase for consumers is “nonsensical,’’ especially because the rule would apply to electronic copies as well.