Thoughts while reading AskNod, Chapter 3, Part C: Collecting the Evidence
Ouch, this can get expensive! We’ve spent about $45.00 in copies from private physicians so far. One doctor’s minimum charge is $25.00 yet doctor-to-doctor is free.
Mr. K is going to revoke the DAV POA. I believe that he can appoint an individual, such as myself, to represent him. We did talk to the county vet rep. and he dangled a big carrot: he said he could obtain all needed private physician records free. That would save us hundreds of dollars on copy fees for records critical to his claim–a savings we could use.
On the other hand, the reps. office was messy. Numerous claim folders were piled on top of dusty cabinets–not securely filed. His receptionist was devouring a giant grinder and dripping grease on her desk at 11:30 a.m.. The place appeared unorganized. Do we “hire” him to get the free medical records, get copies for ourselves, then revoke the POA if he turns out to be inept? Or bite the bullet, shell out for the records, keep track of documents ourselves, and maintain privacy? I’m leaning towards the latter option but if there was a way to get private medical records free (secret form?), I’d be happier.
Ed. Note. Never mention the phrase “legal matters”. These records are for “continuing medical care”. See my comment below.