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Amendment Could Share Blood Tests Without Consent

PRIVACY LAW—NEW SOUTH WALES

June 1, 2012

Proposed changes to New South Wales (NSW) laws could mean that those tested for predispositions to genetic diseases may no longer have a say in whether their results are shared with close relatives, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has introduced legislation to allow doctors to alert at-risk family members in cases where blood tests show they may be at risk of cancer or heart disease. The Greens are calling for amendments to the bill to ensure privacy of patients and their relatives, the report states, citing implications for insurance claims, for example.
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