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Fundraising Plans Raise Privacy Concerns

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

January 27, 2012

Plans by the Saskatoon Health Region to generate donations from former patients are drawing criticism from government agents, CBC News reports. MLA Cam Broten says the organization's Grateful Patient Program, which is slated to commence in March, does not follow the tenets of a publically funded healthcare system. "If individuals choose to make donations, that's great, to support the system," he said. "But it should be on an opt-in basis." Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson wrote similar concerns in a 2010 report when he recommended that patients should be provided with an opt-in for cases of healthcare patient fundraising.
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