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Health Regions Shy Away from Privacy Rule Change

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

December 10, 2010

Saskatchewan government officials are admitting they may have underestimated public reaction to a change in privacy rules for hospital fundraising, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. A change that allows health regions to share patients' names and addresses with hospital foundations that raise money has prompted more than half of the province's health regions to opt out of the plan due to a public outcry over privacy concerns, the report states. Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson had shared concerns about the plan when it was announced in April. In noting that half of the health regions are backing out, he described a "groundswell of opposition" from individuals concerned about the plan.
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