I found this article particularly alarming - Security of patient data to be reviewed.
Yesterday, the Record published a report (MDs use private firms to collect patient data) about Metroland West Media Group's investigation of private companies that encourage doctors to sign up for their 'block fees' payment plan. Patients are charged an annual lump-sum rather than have to submit individual payments for fees such as sick-notes, telephone prescription renewals, etc.
The problem is the lack of full disclosure to the patient, which has the The Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner concerned, as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Here's the clincher:
The company acknowledges that the letters appear to come from doctors and says it does not disclose its involvement because physicians have asked it to stay behind the scenes.
So how's that 'public' health care system workin' for ya?