GP takes on insurers over medical record fishing

'They ask for the whole lot,' he says. 'And that's what is so concerning.'

Insurance companies should be banned from accessing patients' full medical records when assessing claims, RACGP Vice-President Dr Edwin Kruys has told a parliamentary inquiry.

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There have been long-running concerns that insurers are requesting complete medical records to fish for information to justify denying patient payouts.

Dr Kruys told the inquiry that about half of the insurer requests he receives are for complete medical records rather than reports on specific conditions:

"They ask for the whole lot, and that is what is so