Saskatchewan gives local health foundations the OK to contact former patients for fundraising purposes

Angela Hall reports:

REGINA — Local health foundations will soon be able to contact former hospital patients for fundraising purposes.

A recent amendment to health privacy regulations, slated to take effect in May, will allow the names and addresses of people who received hospital services to be shared with the hospital foundation in that health region. There will be a 60-day waiting period before that information can be used to send a letter soliciting donations.

While the Saskatchewan Party government said it will be easier for publicly funded health facilities to identify people who might be motivated to donate, the province’s privacy watchdog called the move inappropriate.

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