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Health Minister Backs Off Patient Record Sharing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CANADA

May 13, 2010

Saskatchewan Health Commissioner Don McMorris has temporarily halted a controversial new plan that allows hospitals to share patient information with fundraising organizations, reports CBC News. McMorris says he won't allow hospitals to release patient data until he can tell patients how they can opt out of the plan "We are going to take our time on this, because we know the sensitivity," he said, "and so what I would just do is ask the general public to be patient." McMorris's plan was criticized by the NDP and the provincial privacy commissioner. Both voiced concerns about patient privacy and pushed for an opt-in rather than opt-out system.
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