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Opinion: Electronic Medical Records Are Intrusive

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

October 8, 2010

The Canadian Medical Association's plan to provide electronic access to personal medical records to family doctors, local clinics and other medical professionals continues to raise privacy concerns, William Taylor writes in an op-ed piece for the Ottawa Citizen. He asks whether "anyone ever asked us, the people, whether we want to spend another $423 million to spread our medical records around so indiscriminately? Has anyone ever asked us whether we want such an intrusive system at all?" Taylor contends that the plan is a waste of public funding, speaking out against having "personal data gathered up for broad dissemination without a smidgeon of consultation with the people who will be affected."
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