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Commissioner: Health Data Fee “Unreasonable”

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

August 3, 2012

Newfoundland and Labrador Information and Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring has released a report under the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) after an investigation revealed that a $50 access fee charged by Eastern Health was unreasonable, according to a press release. Ring recommended a $25 fee for up to 50 pages and 25 cents for each additional page and that health information be provided to patients for free at the point of care. On July 1, two weeks prior to Ring’s report, Eastern Health reduced its rates to meet the commissioner’s recommendations.
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