PA law would send test results to patients

From the Courier Times:

State Rep. Marguerite Quinn …. is sponsoring legislation to make it mandatory for patients to receive a summary of their tests results that are sent to doctors and insurance companies.

“The information in test results already belongs to the patient,” said Quinn, a Republican who represents parts of Central and Upper Bucks in the 143rd District. “It’s theirs to have, and the failure of communication should not cost a life. I believe that if it is passed it can save lives.”

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The “Patient Test Result Information Act,” which has at least 50 sponsors, would make it mandatory for the testing agency to send a summary of test results to the patient within 10 days of sending them to the physician.

“We’re not talking about pages and pages. It’s the summary,” Quinn said.

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