Is it legal to record your doctor’s appointment without your doctor knowing (Intro Music) Hey guys, I’m Izzy and today we’re doing a very interesting video I’m really excited about it, and I’ve been wanting to film this for a long time I’ll be talking about whether or not it’s actually legal to record your doctor’s appointments Depending on if if you actually have consent or if you don’t have consent If you like this video, please give it a thumbs up And if you want to see more videos like this, you can press subscribe And actually if you really want to you can press that little Bell notification next to the subscribe button and you’ll actually get notified whenever I post. Now, the first question. Is it legal to record your doctor’s appointments with your doctor’s consent? Yes, obvious answer. Yes, if your doctor lets you, you 100% can record your doctor’s appointment But now to the more juicy question. Is it legal to record your doctor’s appointment without your doctor knowing? It depends on the state, so 39 out of 50 states, and keep in mind, I’m only talking about the US. I don’t know the rules for other countries So if you guys did want that let me know in the comments and I might do a video on that So 39 out of the 50 states have something called the single party consent rule it means, let’s say two people are having a conversation and you’re one of them and you want to record the conversation. You are legally allowed to record the conversation without the other person knowing and so you can actually record your doctor’s appointments without your doctor knowing (laughter). But what’s so interesting is that if you decide to ask your doctor Which I typically do just I think it’s like more of like the right thing to do. But of course like sometimes Legally not you legally don’t have to ask so, you know, you don’t always do it and if you ask and they say no You’re still legally allowed to record the doctor’s appointment and the thing is is that the doctor will just decide whether or not to terminate the appointment or to continue on with you recording. To make that even more clear. I’m just going to read something from this article It’s just a sentence — or two sentences: “in single party jurisdictions or most of the United States if a patient asks to record a clinical encounter and the clinician refuses the patient can proceed to record the encounter anyway The clinician must then choose to continue or terminate the encounter.” 11 states though throughout the US do require that both parties know that you’re recording. It’s called the all party consent rule These states are California, Florida Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon Pennsylvania and Washington, what an interesting group of states? Yeah Wow So but those states you do in fact have to ask and if you don’t ask and you record, it’s actually a felony now It’s important to say that if you legally record your appointment Whether that be in one of the 39 states or you do it without telling them or in the 11 states where you do it with asking HIPAA rules do not apply. So that’s just important to say there are a lot of benefits to recording your appointments I know that a lot of times I don’t remember everything that happens in the appointment or one of my parents wanted to come and they couldn’t make it Or I just didn’t bring a notepad even if I usually do but sometimes I forget I just I do find it very helpful then again. I want to let you know that I do ask typically Sometimes hospitals don’t allow it. But if you’re in those 39 states where you don’t have to ask for permission, It’s still legal to record. So even if it’s against the hospital’s policy, it’s not illegal. Anyway, I hope that this video was helpful I do think it’s important to record your doctors appointments if you feel like you can benefit from it that shouldn’t be something that you should hesitate to ask or to not ask if you’re in one of the 39 states that allows it and It’ll just — could really just help you honestly, so thanks so much for watching and I will see you on the next video. Bye!