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Health Cards Should Only Be Used for Health Purposes

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

August 20, 2010

Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson says that unless businesses are providing a health service, they should not request an individual's health card. Though it is not illegal for a customer to voluntarily hand over a health card, it is illegal for businesses not providing a health service to request one, CJME reports. Despite this, some businesses have been using the health cards as a second form of identification. Dickson says that as the country builds its electronic health record system, it's important that residents feel their information is safe. "There's still a lot of education that has to happen," Dickson said.
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