Q. How long should I keep medical records?
A. Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, in his Ask the AG column, recommends keeping medical bills for at least one year in case there’s a reimbursement dispute. Some experts suggest keeping other records for five years after the end of treatment. Be sure to shred—not just toss—anything with your personal information, such as your health insurance ID number, to help prevent medical identity theft by trash-picking crooks. … Back to Article