Wouldn't you love to know what she's jotting down? Of course you would. iStockphoto.com hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto.com Shots - Health News Patients Want To Read Doctors' Notes, But Many Doctors Balk December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.