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Draft Law Would Protect Privacy of Mentally Ill

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—CHINA

August 30, 2012

Xinhua reports on draft legislation pertaining to mental health in China’s bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress that would include provisions to protect patients’ privacy and allow patients to challenge institutions that violate their privacy. The draft law would mandate that institutions and individuals protect and secure patients’ private data unless data-sharing is necessary to abide legal obligations, the report states. Patients and their relatives would also be able to file lawsuits against the government, medical institutions and individuals if patients believe their rights have been violated.
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