No matter how, or to what degree you are are paying for medical care out-of-pocket, you are paying for medical care for self and family.  As such is important that each of us become fully aware of what is contained in our records, and to what extent those records are shared with other entities. Melinda Beck of the Wall Street Journal begins be stating "It's your health.  So it's time you took control of all of the information about it." It may be useful to see what she has to say about gaining access to your own records.  How to Take Charge of Your Medical Records