Many Medical Records Lost in Katrina Flooding
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Even if they're covered by Medicaid or private insurance, some victims of Katrina face another headache. They evacuated, but their medical records did not and may have been destroyed. The federal government is aiming to get most medical records computerized within the next decade. For now, it's so expensive few doctors' offices do make computer copies, including ones in Katrina's path, meaning many evacuees now have to re-create their medical histories as best they can.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.