Ca: Snooping in health files to be made illegal

The Winnipeg Free Press reports:

The Selinger government will make it tougher for health-care workers to snoop in patient files.

The NDP introduced a bill Wednesday making it an offence for an employee to use or access personal health information without authorization or to falsify that information.


The legislation already includes penalties for disclosing personal health information but the ombudsman recommended adding penalties for the inappropriate use of such records.

If passed, the amendments would allow individuals who wilfully look at another person’s personal health information without authorization to be prosecuted, even if they do not disclose the information to anyone else.

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