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BC Court Rules on Patient Privacy Case

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

July 5, 2013

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled in Logan v. Hong that patients’ privacy rights mean doctors are not required to provide the plaintiff’s counsel with the names of people who had used the defendant’s product, reports Mondaq. Class counsel argued that in order to inform prospective participants of the suit, they needed to know who had been injected with the product. The court, however, ruled that "absent serious concerns relating to health or safety, or express legislative provisions compelling release of the information in the public interest," patient privacy trumped the class’ right to access.
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