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Concerns Mount over Data Sharing Plan

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

May 5, 2010

Provincial Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson wants the government to rethink its recent decision to allow Saskatchewan hospitals to share the names and addresses of former patients with fundraising foundations without the patients' consent, reports CBC News. In a statement released Monday, Dickson reiterated his concern about the opt-out format and said that because his office has no jurisdiction over hospital foundations, people will have no recourse to complain, the report states. Dickson says that half of provinces with health legislation require express consent for such data sharing and encourages other regional legislators to require the same. The Leader-Post reports on allegations by the NDP that Health Minister Don McMorris misled the public by stating that he had consulted Commissioner Dickson before enacting the new law.
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