Privacy of Health Information
Information For Patients
Patients have a right to
access their personal health information and to obtain a copy of their personal
health information. There are very few exceptions to this right, such as when
the physician concludes that disclosure is likely to endanger the mental or
physical health or safety of the patient or another person, disclosure would
disclose confidential information about someone other than the patient, or
disclosure would identify a third party who provided information to the
physician in confidence.
Rights with Respect to Personal Health Information in the Custody or Control of Physician
The record remains the
record of the physician. Patients have a right to a copy of the record, but not
to the original record.
Physicians have the
right to charge a reasonable fee for providing access to a record or for
providing a copy of a record. The Introduction/Preamble section and Section A1
of the Saskatchewan Medical Association
Relative Value Guide provides some
recommended cost recovery fees that may be charged. A patient may be able to
request that the fee be waived.
have up to 30 days to provide access to a record, or to provide a copy of a
record, after the patient has requested access in writing.
Patients can expect that
their physicians will meet the expectations which are described in the previous
part of this document.
If a patient thinks that
there is an error in their patient record, the patient can ask the physician to
change the record. That does not apply to physician opinions or diagnoses. If
the physician does not make the requested change, the patient can place a
statement of disagreement on the chart
A patient who has been
denied access to all or part of their chart, or who has not been given access
within 30 days of a written request can apply to the Office of the Information and
Privacy Commissioner with a request that the
Information and Privacy Commissioner review the denial.
A patient who believes
that a physician has not met the expectations described above can ask the
College of Physicians and Surgeons or the Information and Privacy Commissioner