Ca: Hospitals get a pass, for now
Ken Gallinger answers a question about patient privacy in Ontario:
Q: Recently, I went to a doctor whose offices are at a Toronto hospital. I was told to get a “patient’s card,” which I did. Ever since, I’ve been swamped with fundraising letters from the hospital’s foundation. The only way I can figure they got my name is from the patient registry and, if so, that raises serious ethical questions. I thought patient information â€“ including the fact that I was a patient â€“ was protected by confidentiality. Surely it can’t be okay to use this information to raise money?
A: Surprisingly, Ontario’s privacy laws do permit hospitals to use patient information for fundraising purposes. In order for them to do so, the patient is required to give consent â€“ but this is where it gets tricky.
Read more inÂ Toronto Star.