Nova Scotia: Health minister expected to table personal information bill today

The provincial health minister is expected to table her Personal Health Information Act today.

Maureen MacDonald first introduced the legislation on the use, disclosure and retention of health information in November 2009.

Privacy issues around health information recently have been raised as the province creates electronic health information databases. As well, health foundations have asked MacDonald to change her legislation to give them access to the names and addresses of former patients. Last week, the foundations of the IWK Health Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre said this contact information would allow them to pursue a “grateful patients” fundraising campaign.

Read more in The Chronicle Herald.

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