Hospitals: South Carolina requires that hospitals retain medical records for ten (10) years. In the case of minor patients, medical records must be retained until the patient turns 18 years old and the “period of election” passes. Functionally, this means when the patient turns 19.
Physicians: South Carolina requires physicians to retain medical records for at least ten (10) years for adult patients. Minor patient records must be held for thirteen (13) years. Minimum recordkeeping periods begin from the last date of treatment.