Ca: New Northwest Territories health care legislation raises privacy concerns

CBC News reports:

Northwest Territories MLAs are reviewing legislation that would allow the territory to start regulating health professions such as naturopaths and psychologists, but the Information and Privacy Commissioner says the proposed bill could violate people’s privacy.

Bill 36, which also applies to licensed nurse and emergency medical service practitioners, spells out how complaints against practitioners will be investigated. But in the process, says Elaine Keenan Bengts, it gives people investigating those complaints access to any information they need, including confidential health records.

“This Act, this bill, says an investigator may demand any information from any person and it goes on to say you can’t refuse to provide that information,” says Keenan Bengts, Information and Privacy Commissioner for the N.W.T.

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