Can the military see your medical records?

6. Right to inspect the patient's dossier

In practice

The right of inspection extends to all components of the dossier (in paper or electronic form), i.e. to factual findings by the health professional (diagnosis, disease progression, etc.) and details of the treatment (medication administered, results of examinations and x-rays, reports, surgical or Hospital stay reports, medical certificates, etc.).

Information that concerns other people and is subject to professional secrecy, as well as personal notes of the health professional, are excluded from the right of inspection.

If viewing the patient's dossier could have serious consequences for the patient, the healthcare professional can request that the dossier be consulted in their presence or in the presence of another health professional designated by the patient.

What happens to my patient record if I want to change healthcare professionals?

You can request that your dossier be given to you personally or sent to the new specialist of your choice. If the health professional does not or only partially complies with your request, you can contact the responsible authorities in your canton.

What is meant by "personal notes" by the health professional?

Many statements and comments are handwritten; this does not mean, of course, that these are "personal notes". Handwritten notes are also usually part of the patient record and can be viewed.
Ultimately, only a few documents can be regarded as “personal notes”; One example are records for the supervision of an assistant doctor, which are used exclusively to analyze one's own behavior towards a patient.

How long can I see my patient record?

The healthcare professional must keep your dossier for at least ten years since the last consultation. If she is no longer working or cannot be reached, inquire with her successor or, if necessary, with the health department of your canton.

What happens to my patient record after I die?

Your patient record will remain protected by professional secrecy even after your death. However, your relatives or third parties can have access to certain useful information after the health professional has asked the competent authority to release them from professional secrecy (e.g. to facilitate the funeral work of relatives, for genetic counseling or in the context of legal proceedings).