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Info Sharing Irks Privacy Commissioner

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

April 7, 2010

While hospital foundations are lauding a decision by the Saskatchewan government to give them access to the names and addresses of those who have used hospital services in order to aid fundraising efforts, others are less enthused, reports CBC News. Provincial privacy commissioner Gary Dickson says, "Information that's provided so we can be diagnosed and treated shouldn't be shared with any third party without the consent of the patient. This obviously violates that." However, Provincial Health Privacy Officer Jacqueline Messer-Lepage says patients will be allowed to opt out of having their information shared with fundraisers and that "certain health regions may choose to go with an opt-in process."
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